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Girl Talk Inc. making an impact
by Bobby Tedder
May 08, 2014 02:44 PM | 1845 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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(L-R) Ally Owens, Alyssa Truesdale, Katie Powers and Lauren Gascon in character as Disney princesses.
Special Photo (L-R) Ally Owens, Alyssa Truesdale, Katie Powers and Lauren Gascon in character as Disney princesses.
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From all appearances, Girl Talk Inc. is flowering into full bloom.

The increasingly popular/visible Buckhead-based nonprofit’s niche is mentoring young girls.

Hence the necessity of offerings like Sunday’s second Mommy and Me Princess Tea fundraiser at the Buckhead Theatre. Proceeds from the family-friendly event, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., will benefit the entity’s programs.

“Girl Talk helps girls to see the good in others as well as themselves,” said event organizer Rachel Hamilton.

The day will feature more than a dozen teen performers — in full garb — inhabiting Disney princess characters as part of a full slate of activities. Afternoon tea and lemonade housed in porcelain teapots, a story time corner, craft table, little girl beauty table, and photo booth will all also contribute to the milieu.

Hamilton, a Girl Talk program alum and National Teen Advisory Board member, conceived the idea for the event a couple years back.

“I thought these princess characters were a great representation of what Girl Talk is about — determined, kind young women who go after their dreams and try to have a proactive attitude no matter how hopeless the situation may seem,” she said.

The nonprofit’s universe is seemingly ever-expanding. The entity has branched out to 43 states and seven countries — accounting for around 40,000 girls in the fold since being establishment in 2002.

The organization’s innovative mentorship model is the brainchild of Albany native and Girl Talk founder/CEO Haley Kilpatrick. It entails high school girls mentor middle school girls to help the latter deal with the issues they face during their formative years.

“I thought that I could create a peer-to-peer mentoring program that would inspire high school girls to become positive role models to their younger peers and that this would also allow middle school girls to hear the right messages from the high school girls — in partnership with teachers, coaches, and guidance counselors — whom they are so influenced by,” Kilpatrick said. “I believe that if young girls were taken care of emotionally that they would excel academically.”

The campaign’s reach in the metro area is reflective of the brand’s burgeoning prospects.

Pace Academy, the Marist School, the Lovett School, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Whitefield Academy and Wesleyan School are among the local institutions to have hatched their own Girl Talk chapters.

“With support from amazing high school girls like Rachel, we are reaching more and more girls every day,” said Kilpatrick.



IF YOU GO:

o What: Mommy & Me Princess Tea

o Where: Buckhead Theatre

o When: May 11 (Mother's Day), 2 to 4 p.m.

o Tickets: $50

o Information: www.tea4girltalk.com

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