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Justice For Girls

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Cathelean C. Steele, Director, Justice for Girls

Yolanda Stewart, Assistant to Director

SCLC Headquarters 320 Auburn Ave, Atlanta, GA  30303

Phone: 404.522.1420

Email: justiceforgirls@nationalsclc.org

Sponsored by:

Justice for Girls is an educational, awareness, prevention program designed to promote self-worth to young disadvantaged girls. The age of the girls we work with range from the age of eight to eighteen. We focus on young ladies from single parent homes, homes with a drug dependent parent, girls who live in transition and foster care children.


Purpose: To provide stability and self-worth through workshops, hiking trips, historical tours across the states of Alabama and Georgia, retreats, college tours, travel to SCLC national convention. Our belief is that exposure to the world outside of what they know will cause them to dream beyond their expectations. We use examples of successful people like Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey and many more to inspire and build confidence.


This year’s budget request includes a college tour, weekend empowerment retreats, seminars and programs, and life skills assistance.


Justice for Girls will take two groups of fifty young girls on a collegiate tour. This tour will cover schools in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia and has an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities.  While riding on the bus, we also discuss forward thinking life skills such as volunteering and mentoring in their communities. This tour enable these ladies to not just discuss their future, but actually see the possibilities of their potential.


The weekend empowerment retreats is a program where we will take small groups of young ladies out of the urban setting. This allows them to focus on skills such as preparation and adjustment. Moving them out of their normal environment often is a positive cultural shock for them. While there, we will have speakers and sessions around self-esteem, life skills and goal setting.


We will be working with the SCLC chapter networks and associated groups (to include churches, civic organizations, schools, etc….) to bring awareness to the sexual exploitation of our children. Our programs are unique as they focus on prevention not response. We are seeking to be proactive in preventing the individual decisions and community apathy that makes it easy for our girls to get trapped in sex trafficking.


We would like to be able to assist 15 young ladies that are entering or in school and/or approved apprenticeship programs. Often beyond the scholarships and tuition there are expenses that can lead to higher dropout rates from those students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. We want to help minimize the dropout rates by helping with some of these expenses.


We are partnering with licenses counselors and educators to have one on one life skills training with 75 young ladies. This program will see them develop a personal life plan, goals and a professional accountability partner. This step is deliberative as it focuses on both the ambition and the accountability needed to help these ladies be more successful in their endeavors.


The Justice for Girls Initiative will require a full time director, coordinator as well as a part time staff assistant.

2018 – 2019 Calendar of Events

Harper Archer Middle School

Meeting 2nd Wednesday of the month

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, January, 09, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019 Justice for Girls Retreat

John Lewis Girls’ Gym

11am – 2pm

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Black History Program

At The Dark End of the Street , Author Danielle McGuire Discussion about Rosa Parks and

The Montgomery Boycott

Location to be announced

Saturday, March 23, 2019 Hiking Trip

Helen, GA

Leaving 8:00 am from SCLC 320 Auburn Ave, NE – Returning by 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 20, 2019 field trip to the Legacy from Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, AL

Select ten student leaders from the group along with a chaperone to travel with us to Montgomery.   The students will be required to write a paper that will be published with their pictures in the King issue of the SCLC Magazine.  The King publication will be available before the Christmas break.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Princess Tea

Location to be announced

Parental permission required for all activities!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 Hiking Trip

Helen, GA

Leaving 8:00 am from SCLC 320 Auburn Ave, NE – Returning by 6:00 pm

Human trafficking is not just found in Europe.  It is happening right in our back yards in America.  These girl’s stories are heart wrenching in their brutality, sad in our response to them, but inspiring when you know the strength and courage of the survivors.


Justice for Girls seeks to heighten awareness of human trafficking within communities, using education to empower individuals and groups to actively work to eradicate this injustice.  We share their story with the nation, as well as discuss how we should respond politically and socially to bring justice to the perpetrators and healing to the victims.


Through seminars, workshops, public forums, roundtable discussions, and partnerships with other organizations, Justice for Girls educates and increases awareness of sex trafficking of children in the United States.


Our program is an initiative to:

  • Increases knowledge on why and how girls become sex trafficking victims
  • Identifies and sharing information on how to recognize sex trafficking victims
  • Educates communities on action steps to take when one suspects a child is a victim
  • Educates communities on ways to avoid criminalizing victims
  • Educates communities on identifying where trafficking crimes occur in neighborhoods
  • Provides trainer programs within communities to increase leadership around the issue
  • Provides summits and retreats to help girls develop skills and character traits to reduce their risks of being sex trafficked

Justice for Girls seeks to heighten awareness of human trafficking within communities, using education to empower individuals and groups to actively work to eradicate this injustice.


The Developmental Program offers the following:

  1. A Train the Trainer Program
  2. Self Defense Training
  3. College Tour
  4. Summer Retreat
  5. Guest Speakers
  6. Hiking
  7. Princess Tea