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The Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade will debut its first annual girls leadership retreat entitled Camp P.L.U.S. (Preserving Legacies and Uniting Sisterhoods) September 27, 28 and 29, at Camp Oakes. During the two day, two night retreat in Big Bear City, California, 30 young women will go through a series of workshops aimed at cultivating self-actualization, which in turn will help young women of color and the preservation of their legacies within the South Los Angeles communities.
“We are extremely excited about launching this movement,” said Otesha Mosley, MAP, case manager at Brotherhood Crusade’s newly erected Youth Source Center located at 5414 South Crenshaw Blvd. “Too often our young women have been negatively fabricated into a rationale for prejudicial separation. Camp P.L.U.S. represents a major step in overcoming that barrier and simultaneously teaching our young women of color that such prejudice should not exist and they do not have to accept the status quo.
According to the CDC, together black and Hispanic youth comprised 57% of US teen births in 2011 and only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by the age of 22.
“The depth of the emotional effects these pregnancies and other societal norms in South Los Angeles are immeasurable, but significant,” said a spokesperson for the Brotherhood Crusade.
“As such, there is an urgent need for educational and vigilant initiatives such as Camp P.L.U.S. which will provide opportunity, build confidence, increase self-esteem and uplift young women from their disenfranchised communities. In addition to accomplishing these goals, Camp P.L.U.S. aims to promote the importance of preserving these young ladies legacies and using these legacies to uplift their communities accordingly.
“The Brotherhood Crusade would like to give a special thanks to Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Bank of America, Comerica Bank, City of Los Angeles GRYD, DirecTV, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, JP Morgan Chase, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Union Bank, US Bank, Microsoft, Enterprise, American Honda Motor Company, CAM Foundation, Nielsen, SEIU-ULTCW, Southern California Edison, Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance, California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The Gas Company, UPS, Toyota, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Wells Fargo, Verizon, and AEG.”