Non-Profit Organization Gives Teen Girls a Lesson in Leadership

Detroit, MI, April 13, 2011 --( Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs will host its Young Entrepreneurs Series Leadership Camp, a leadership development program for teen girls age 14 to 18. The camp will take place July 10 - 13, 2011 at Howell Conference & Nature Center located in Howell, Michigan.

Leadership Camp is an engaging, hands-on, 3½-day residential camp designed to motivate and inspire teen girls to become self-confident, courageous and compassionate leaders in their communities. Leadership Camp empowers girls with the self-confidence to lead, the spirit to give back to their communities, and the awareness to live a healthy and balanced life.

“We believe in helping girls become strong, confident leaders who reach for their own dreams and are committed to making the world a better place,” says Tonya McNeal-Weary, Executive Director. “Through this extraordinary program, girls walk away inspired and motivated to take on leadership roles and grow through positive self awareness,” McNeal-Weary added.

Leadership Camp participants will receive training in areas such as teamwork, communication, diversity cooperation, problem solving, and conflict resolution as they journey through challenges, adventures, and self-discovery. Participants will enhance their appreciation of diversity and respect, and gain greater awareness of global issues including world hunger, poverty, and sustainable development. Leadership Camp activities include leadership development workshops, social enterprise development workshops, obstacle courses, team challenges, tower climbing, canoeing, nature hikes, arts and crafts, the Heifer Global Village program, and group discussions including topics such as health, environmental protection, and gender roles.

At the end of the program, participants are encouraged to use their experience to create positive change by implementing a community service project or starting a social enterprise to address some of today’s global issues. Participants will have an opportunity to win a $500 grant to support their project.

The program fee is $175 and includes round trip transportation, 3-nights lodging, all meals and snacks, all program activities, and all program materials and supplies. Full scholarships are available courtesy of this year’s scholarship sponsor Eileen Fisher and its Activating Leadership Grant Program for Women and Girls.

Leadership Camp is open to girls in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Space is limited. Registrations are due by May 27, 2011.

For more information or to register, please call 866.395.4YES (4937) or visit the program’s website at

About Young Entrepreneurs Series

Developed by the Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs in 2004, Young Entrepreneurs Series (Y.E.S.) is an educational program that provides top-quality, hands-on entrepreneurship education to young girls age 14 to 18. The Y.E.S. program provides life-changing experiences to girls in underserved communities. Since its inception, over 200 girls across the Metropolitan Detroit area have participated in the Y.E.S. program.

About Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs

Founded in 2003, Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (MAFE) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the entrepreneurial development among women and girls across Michigan. To learn more about MAFE, visit their website at

About Eileen Fisher

For over twenty-five years, Eileen Fisher has created clothes that invite women to dress simply and with delight. As a socially conscious company, Eileen Fisher continually seek new and innovative ways to empower women around the globe to find their voices and achieve emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. To learn more about Eileen Fisher, visit their website at

Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs
Tonya McNeal-Weary
(866) 490-6233