"I Matter" Teen Empowerment Summit
July 17, 2021 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Equipping the Next Generation of Women Leaders to Fight for Racial Equality & Social Justice

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I Am A Queen will kick off the “I Matter” Teen Empowerment Conference on Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at the Power Play Center, located at 2207 East Cone Blvd., Greensboro, N.C. The conference will focus on social and racial justice with an emphasis on the power of women of color in the movement.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a unique space for girls ages 10-18, who have an interest in social and racial justice, and it is also a safe space for girls who identify as allies to people of color. The conference will teach and empower girls how to take action in their communities and gain confidence in allowing their voices to be heard.

Candi "Sugarfoot" Herbin will open the conference

Porlan S. Cunningham will present the Janie B. Dye Memorial Scholarship to four candidates

Our keynote speaker, Christina Yongue, MPH, MCHES, a community health and social justice advocate, educator, and organizer, will share with our girls on the "Power of their Voices."

There will be three breakout sessions titled "The Movement:"

  • Art & Painting with Nichole Keith, owner of NKPaints, Inc.

  • Dancing Dreamers with Jade Donnell, dance instructor and company member for Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet.

  • Girls Leadership Edge with Jennifer W. Martineau, Ph.D., is the president and founder of Leap & Inspire Global LLC and board member of NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad.

Important Facts

  • Conference participants will pre-order their lunch during the registration process and girls will receive a lunchbox when they exit the conference.

  • Girls will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the conference.

  • Registration for this conference is free for girls ages 10-18. Adults are prohibited from registering for this event.


Show up to the conference in solidarity by purchasing your "I Matter" t-shirt for $15. Proceeds will go towards I Am A Queen's Queen Arise Mentoring Program.

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Our Speakers & Instructors

Keynote Speaker

Christina Yongue, MPH, MCHES, is a community health and social justice advocate, educator, and organizer. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the same department. She has served as a health educator, a community-based research project manager, and antiracism consultant for a combination of 17 years, to date. 

In the community, she is a member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, which focuses on racial equity research and making healthcare system improvements in partnership with Cone Health, and other medical partners.  She is an associate founding member of Sisters Network Greensboro, a survivorship organization for African American women with breast cancer.  In addition, she is a member of the steering committee that brought the African American Policy Forum’s “Black Girls and Women Matter Town Hall” to Greensboro in 2017. Lastly, in the faith community, she co-chairs the Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry at St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C.

Teen girls will have the opportunity to select three breakout sessions that focuses on The Movement of the Civil Rights Era:


Dancing Dreamers

Jade Donnell is a dance instructor and company dance member for Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet here in Greensboro, N.C. and has been with the studio since June 2015. She leads the organization’s outreach program, dancing dreamer, a session that focuses on the power of dance and storytelling.

Donnell is an alumna of UNC-Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in art.


Art & Painting

Nichole Keith is the owner of NKPaints and a Greensboro freelance artist. She was instrumental in the Black Lives Matter street mural, alongside her husband, local attorney, Jason Keith, on North Elm Street, in Downtown Greensboro, N.C.

Keith has a background as an English teacher for K-12 students, and at Greensboro College and GTCC.


Girls Leadership Edge with NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad.

Jennifer W. Martineau, Ph.D., is the president and founder of Leap & Inspire Global LLC, an organization focused on helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential through coaching, consulting, and development. She has a passion in helping organizations do the hard work required to become inclusive and equitable, and helping individuals in traditionally underrepresented groups identify and break through the barriers they confront in their leadership journeys.

Martineau serves as an Honorary Senior Fellow for the Center for Creative Leadership as well as an adjunct professor at High Point University (High Point, NC) and National University (La Jolla, CA) and she is a board member of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad (NCCJ).

Jennifer recently co-authored with Portia R. Mount Kick Some Glass: Ten Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms, which aims to empower women to break through their proverbial glass ceilings and move toward understanding and attainment of their unique definitions of success. She regularly facilitated CCL’s Women’s Leadership Experience development program, and sponsored CCL’s strategy for equity, diversity, and inclusion, including building new services for clients and new internal practices at CCL.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, is a TEDx speaker and frequent keynote speaker, and has appeared on Channel News Asia, ABS-CBN News TV, and People Matters Magazine.