April 7, 2016 – With April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Gocha Illumination Foundation (GIF) – a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves the needs of teens who’ve suffered from physical, emotional and sexual abuse – will host its inaugural “Youth Lock-In” onFriday, April 29 through Saturday, April 30 at Center of Hope at Martin Luther King (101 Jackson St NE, Atlanta GA 30312) from 8:00PM to 7:00AM.
The Youth Lock-In is an overnight, educational and mentoring experience designed to empower girls ages 13-17 with the tools to develop leadership, self-esteem and problem-solving skills. Participants will enjoy an evening of workshops, vision board exercises, health and beauty tips, food, music and more.
Speakers include GIF founder Gocha Hawkins, Kandi Burruss, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, historian Anthony Knight, physician Dr. Jennifer Fowlkes-Callins and a special performance by R&B girl group Glamour.
“The Gocha Illumination Foundation is a direct reflection of my belief that children – especially young girls — need to be protected, nurtured and empowered,” says Hawkins. “The lock-in will provide a safe space for our girls to express themselves, learn, and be inspired. It’s my hope that they’ll walk away with a renewed confidence and strength to overcome their challenges.”
Sponsors of the 2016 Youth Lock-In include Target Stores, V103, City of Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation and Gocha Salon.