Join Esther Productions, Inc and Black Student Fund for THE DISCOVERY SUMMIT AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY held on Dec 10, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST at The Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Each year since 2019, Esther Productions Inc. has presented a unique scholarship essay contest that invites young ladies aged 13 through 18 to submit essays that tell their stories about growing up without their fathers and building their resilience as they face that challenge. A group of accomplished artists, educators, clinicians, business and civic leaders serve as judges. Cash prizes ranging from $1500 to $500 are given to the top winners during the Discovery Summit and Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
This year, the event is presented in cooperation with The Black Student Fund. The summit will include workshop presentations by therapists, coaches and healing artists that focus on providing greater understanding of the impact of father absence through the game charade, developing a robust self-care program, choreographing movements that minimize physical pain while allowing young ladies the opportunity to realize self-actualization and empowerment.
Featuring: The Honorable Anita Josey-Herring, chief judge of the Superior Court of DC
"ADDISON SWITZER has worked with The National Reconciliation Week since its founding in 2019. A proud dad and grandad, with two daughters and three granddaughters, Switzer is a native Washingtonian currently residing in Cheverly, MD. A professional actor who has been on most of the local stages, including Arena, Shakespeare Theatre, African Continuum Theatre and appeared on popular television programs like The Wire, Switzer is president of Buckwildmedia.com."
"Jennifer Yolanda Okosun is a writer, speaker, and the founder of Parents Rise Network. Parents Rise is an uplifting and supportive community for young parents and organizations that help elevate parents and their children for optimal well-being through personal development education. Okosun has written an evidence-based personal development curriculum covering categories such as character, communication, self-care and community building. She also serves on the board of the Margie Mclean Foundation as a family advocate.Okosun is currently pursuing a degree in behavioral health with a focus on media psychology. She will release her book,“Raising Yourself to Raise the Next Generation,” later this year."
"Tracie Robinson, Ph.D holds a doctorate in intrapersonal psychology and a master’s in dance/movement therapy. Dr. Tracie is the owner and founder of Emotions N Motion Healing Practices, a non-profit organization, and president of Essences of Wellness Authentic Transformations, LLC. She uses structure and/or authentic dance and movement to facilitate synergistic change. With the goal of exposing people to their predispositions by integrating movement, gestures, rhythms, breaths, verbal and non-verbal communication with a less defended expression of the body. The art of dance is used as a therapeutic tool to bring about holistic healing in clinical populations including, but not limited to physical, emotional and psychological trauma, depression, PTSD, substance abuse disorders, and body image/eating disorders. Dr. Tracie also holds certifications in Reiki, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Traditional & Kemetic Yoga, and Herbal Medicines. "
Esther Productions, Inc. is dedicated to using a variety of vehicles—traditional and nontraditional—to develop communities throughout the United States and Europe. It was created in 2004 by Jonetta Rose Barras, award-winning journalist and author of Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl? - estherproductionsinc.com
"The Black Student Fund (BSF) provides essential advocacy, academic and retention support to academically motivated African American and other underserved students to facilitate their access, admission and successful matriculation and graduation from member schools. BSF partners with member schools to provide financial assistance, as well as instruction, evaluations, feedback and monitoring necessary to facilitate the creation and maintenance of a supportive and responsive environment." - https://blackstudentfund.org/