Evening of Poetry, Performing Celebrates Budding Self-Esteem Caryl Ralph spent the past 14 weeks building the self-esteem of young African American girls, ages 7 to 13, in East Baltimore through several workshops she calls Concerned About Children. The concept was originally developed 10 years ago for community centers in Ralph's native city of Hartford, Conn. Funded by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association's Community Service Internship Program, the workshops culminated in a Friday evening event that featured the girls reciting poetry, performing a one-act play and African dances, and modeling. "So much emphasis and concern are placed on the future of the African American male," Ralph said. "I realized there was little focus on the needs of the African American female. During the workshops, it's wonderful to see the students' transition from timid little girls to confident young ladies." Ralph, who will receive her master's degree in business this spring from the School of Continuing Studies, plans to turn CAC into a full-time business, with consultants conducting workshops at recreation and community centers throughout the city. "The most difficult part is finding the initial funding. But, I'm working on it," she said.
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