MKE’s Go Girl Conference Welcomed 200+ Young Black Girls to UWM to Celebrate #BlackGirlJoy

Go Girl Conference

It was just a few weeks ago on June 3, 2022, when the Go Girl Conference invited Black girls in the 5th-8th grade to celebrate Black girlhood. The event was held at the UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center in Milwaukee where 210 girls attended.

Milwaukee native Jovan Goodman partnered with Dr. Jendayi Mbalia and Rosa Thompson to bring the conference to Milwaukee. Thompson took the blueprint from her Black Girl Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, and helped Goodman create the day-long event.

“When do we get a chance to just be celebrated?” asked Goodman. “All we have to do is create the space and magic happens.”

The conference’s goal was to create a unique environment where Black girls were celebrated, inspired, and could connect with mentors and peers in their community while combatting the negative Black girl narrative.

The girls had the opportunity to expand their knowledge, participate in empowering sessions with presenters who serve girls in Milwaukee, along with creating new friendships.

Go Girl Conference was held on June 3, 2022.
Go Girl Conference was held on June 3, 2022. (Picture provided by Go Girl Conference)

Miss Milwaukee, Jada Davis, was also in attendance to encourage the girls to be their best selves. The workshops focused on literacy, STEAM, health and wellness, social & emotional development, self-confidence and care, identity, and more.

The girls in attendance were from all over the city, including Milwaukee Public Schools and charter schools.

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott was the keynote speaker.

The conference was funded by sponsorship and support from the community, specifically Black women. Some of this year’s sponsors included the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW Credit Union, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the City of Milwaukee.

The Go Girl Conference is expected to make its return in 2023.

Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.

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