Date: February 24th, 2017
“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” -William Thackeray
We are excited to announce we will kick off Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives, our 2017 conference, with lots of laughs, courtesy of Meshelle, “The Indie-Mom of Comedy.” An accomplished comedienne, Meshelle has been featured on BET, Nickelodeon, and NBC, and on stages from coast to coast. Meshelle is also an author. Her first book, 101 Things Every Girl/Young Woman of Color Should Know, includes advice as well as a series of short stories.
As an Open Society Institute Community Fellow, Meshelle implemented Goaldiggers: The Sankofa Project, connecting teen girls of African descent to education and tools to gain college access by introducing them to the study of their ancestry and ethnic identity, reinforcing a positive self-concept. Anthropological methodology, genealogical research, and DNA testing were used to uncover girls’ ethnic identity.
Meshelle talked more about the project in a 2011 TEDxBaltimore Talk:
Save the date now to be part of Social Norms & Culture! More details will be announced soon.
About the Author
Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1979, we promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. We serve as a leading national membership organization (501c3) for adolescent health professionals and organizations, promoting a unique and holistic perspective—we call it Youth 360°—to improve the health and well-being of young people.