Networking event encourages professionals, parents to consider mentoring

January is National Mentoring Month and the need for positive role models for youth throughout the Detroit area and beyond is great. According to Mentor, the national mentoring partnership, 1 out of 3 children will grow up without a mentor.

Empowered Flower Girl, a social enterprise on a mission to transform the way young people relate to one another, is encouraging anyone with a desire to affect positive change to consider mentoring.

Since 2011, the company has observed National Mentoring Month (NMM) by supporting mentoring organizations and encouraging women, men, entrepreneurs, professionals, stay-at-home parents and everyday people to consider becoming a mentor.

“Sometimes people underestimate themselves and think that they’re not successful enough or cool enough to have an impact,” said Empowered Flower Girl Founder and long-time mentor Rasheda Kamaria. “But all it takes is a big heart and a little time to make a difference in a young person’s life.”

On Feb. 10, Empowered Flower Girl, in partnership with the Emerging Leaders group at the Skyline Club, will host “Be Inspired to Mentor” –  a networking event for current and aspiring mentors or anyone interested in making a difference for youth. The event will be held 6-7:30 p.m. at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center in Southfield, Michigan.

Representatives from several organizations, including Detroit-based Alternatives for Girls and Mentoring Youth Network will share information about their programs and need for volunteers.

Admission is $15 per guest (21 and older) and includes a brief program, appetizers, drink ticket and giveaways. RSVP is required. Call 248-350-9898 to RSVP. Visit for more information.

Empowering, inspiring events

Join Empowered Flower Girl at the following events:

2nd Annual Youth Summit
June 22, 2017
6-8 p.m.
5555 Conner, Detroit, Michigan
DETAILS: Sponsored by the Better Detroit Youth Movement and ARISE Detroit, the summit brings together groups that assist youth in everything from education to recreational programs. Event highlights include speakers, networking, refreshments and more. Register here.

Building a Better World
July 22, 2017
1-2:30 p.m.
Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike St., Pontiac, Michigan
DETAILS: Pontiac Public Library will host the “Building a Better World” workshop series. This FREE event, featuring Empowered Flowe Girl’s Rasheda Kamaria covers issues and challenges – from cyberbullying to societal pressure – facing 21st century tweens and teens. Rasheda also will discuss how teens can use their personal power to overcome these challenges as well as sign copies of her book “Be EmPOWERed: How to Live Above & Beyond Life’s Drama.”  Register at