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Women’s Fund of Long Is­land

WFLI, Young Women’s Lead­er­ship Pro­gram spon­sored Suf­folk Girl­sFLI (Girls Fund of Long Is­land) to host a PSA pre­miere. Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Stacey Scar­pone and Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Mal­isa Ali. The Suf­folk Girl­sFLI did a movie called, “DON’T RAIN ON MY PA­RADE.” The movie showed at the South Hunt­ing­ton Pub­lic Li­brary. Don’t Rain On My Pa­rade en­cour­aged high self-es­teem. It specif­i­cally tar­geted low self-es­teem, bul­ly­ing and drugs. The story lines con­nected with it’s peers--the youth. Par­ents were also made aware of how to deal with these be­hav­iors. Girl­sFLI is a pro­gram of WFLI. Girl­sFLI de­vel­ops the next gen­er­a­tion of young women lead­ers by rec­og­niz­ing women whose achievements have em­pow­ered other women. The young ladies of Girl­sFLI con­nect with like minded girls across Long Is­land, en­cour­ag­ing them to iden­tify is­sues in their com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vides them with tools to make change.

Ca­mara Perkins of Union­dale High School and Blair Baker of Freeport High School hosted GIRLS AGAINST GANGS. Co­or­di­na­tor Mal­isa Ali of Girl­sFLI--a pro­gram of WFLI, spon­sored the event. The pre­sen­ta­tion was to en­cour­age on how not to fall vic­tim to gangs, but to take courage and to know who you are. After the pre­sen­ta­tions there were break­out ses­sions. AKA, Irene Hyl­ton from the North At­lantic Re­gion, spon­sored the event by dis­play­ing a sta­tion called Swap Meet. This sta­tion had women purses. An­other sta­tion were Birds of a Feather Flock To­gether. This sig­ni­fied the mes­sage of know­ing who is in your cir­cle. Va­lerie McFad­den rep­re­sented the fam­i­lies on Long Is­land who have ex­pe­ri­enced loss from gang vi­o­lence, abuse or the like. The STRONG pro­gram spoke on gang ac­tiv­ity and how to get out of it. This was a much needed event for the com­mu­nity. Great job Ca­mara and Blair.

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