The Village Free Press Presents: Think Community Summit

Think Community Summit

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 5pm – 9pm, Canaan

AME Church (801 S. 14th Ave., Maywood, IL)

“How Do We Prepare Young Women And Girls For The 21st Century?”

Why are we doing this?

Take a second to scan a few of the following infographics.

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Teenage Pregnancy Graphic

Female HIV Risk

Percentage of Women in Poverty

Percentage of Women in Congress

State of Female CEOs

Come join the discussion about these issues and how they’re affecting  young women and girls in the Proviso Township area and beyond. After a panel discussion and audience Q&A facilitated by Michael Romain, Editor & Publisher of The Village Free Press, join community activists, social entrepreneurs, businesswomen (and men), politicians, policymakers, educators and professionals from a wide array of fields in more than an hour of networking and information-sharing, complete with free health advice from Loyola Medical students and small business vendors. Bring business cards!


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(Left to Right: Princess Dempsey, CEO of Dempsey Staffing; Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Mayor of Maywood; Gwendolyn Young, Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation)

Target Audience: 150-200 people of all ages in the Proviso Township Area, especially Maywood, who have a vested interest in the health and wellbeing of young women and girls. Particular organizations targeted include:

Female Mentoring Organizations – Youth Mentoring Organizations – Female-Owned Small Businesses – Social Service Organizations – Church Youth and Women Ministries – Local Colleges and Universities – Local High School and Elementary Schools. Come out and get to know other movers, shakers and change-makers in your community!


5pm – 5:30pm – Introductory remarks; remarks from heads of various area nonprofits.

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Panel Discussion

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Audience Q & A; audience interaction

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking and empowerment (vendors, exhibitors, refreshments)

Come learn from exhibitors/vendors, which will include:

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Tickets are $5 for those under 16 and $10 for those over 16. To purchase tickets online, simply click here. For group rates, please call 708.359.9148, or email All proceeds from this event will go to Seed of Hope Foundation (in it’s mission to transform the lives of young women in Proviso Township) and The Village Free Press (in it’s mission to become Maywood’s single best source for news, information and analysis). For more info, visit


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