G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy






G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy

June 25-29, 2015
Overland Park, Kansas
at the Chase Suite Hotel
6300 W. 110th St, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211
www.chasehoteloverlandpark.com  •  (913) 491-3333

For girls 12-18, or having completed 6th grade through seniors in high school
Concurrent with the Biennial Mission Summit of American Baptist Churches USA

“Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:12-13, NRSV)“And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:12-13, The Message)

Girls in Relationship, Leadership, and Service—that’s what the G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy is all about! Grow in faith as you grow in the understanding of yourself as called by God to leadership.

This unique, first-of-its-kind event offers plenty of time for you to build friendships and learn from other girls and young women during G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy events, while it also includes intersections with Women’s Day sponsored by American Baptist Women’s Ministries, and the ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit. Be an active part of a wonderful family-of-faith, and let your voice be heard in table conversations that will impact American Baptist life for years to come!

Guest Leaders
Jasmine Turner, keynote speaker and workshop leader. Jasmine is a senior broadcast journalism major at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, graduating in May, 2015. Outside of academics she is the director and president of the Elon University Gospel Choir. She served on the national leadership team of AB GIRLS from 2008 to 2011. Jasmine lives by Psalm 46:5 and loves sharing the Word of God!

 Mary Burnett, keynote speaker and workshop leader. Mary Burnett is a freshman at Kalamazoo College as an Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Scholar; she is a contributor to the college newspaper and serves in a club that hosts and encourages prospective students. Mary was also the recipient of the ACLU of Utah Activist Scholarship for her work with the LGBTQQ community in Salt Lake City. A leader in her church community at First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, Mary is in the praise band and also organized the church’s first free documentary film series, “Faith and Film.” Mary served on the national leadership team of AB GIRLS in 2012-2013 and was the NLT convenor in 2013-2014. Mary loves AB GIRLS and is excited to have this opportunity to serve Christ through the G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy. “God’s love lights up my life and draws me to light up the lives of others,” Mary says, expressing her excitement in serving Christ through the G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy.

 Hornrette Washington, worship leader.

Hornrette Washington is the Minister of Music Emeritus at the Antioch Baptist Church of Corona, New York, where she served for 31+ years. She began playing at an early age in the church where both her parents were pastors. She continues to share her musical talents throughout the Metropolitan New York area for Women’s Day, Elmhurst Care Nursing Facility, retreats and ABC of Metro New York regional gatherings. She has recorded a CD “Essence of Gospel.”
Hornrette retired from Human Resource Administration for the City of New York after 39 years to continue to work at what she loves most. She has received citations from city officials and various organization for the work that she has done in the community. Mrs. Washington is the proud mother of two children, Richard and Victoria and grandson Taishon.Overview
All G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy sessions will be held in meeting rooms at the Chase Suites Hotels. Unfortunately, the meeting rooms are not handicapped accessible. There is a flight of stairs to reach either meeting space, and no elevators. If a girl needs handicapped access, please contact the AB Women’s Ministries office and we will work together to try to find a way for her to participate in sessions.

Thursday, June 25:

• Arrivals; Opening worship and fellowship with G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy in the evening

Friday, June 26:

• Participating in Women’s Day (AB Women’s Ministries)
• Evening worship with Biennial Mission Summit (ABCUSA)
• After-Hours Fellowship with G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy

Saturday, June 27:

• Morning—Participating in Table Conversations with Biennial Mission Summit;
• Afternoon—G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy workshops
• Dinner—Barbecue on the Patio (Chase Suites) with G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy and Friends
• Evening—G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy worship and fellowship

Sunday, June 28 (All Day): G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy worship, workshops, and fun!

Monday, June 29: Departure

Where to Stay
You are responsible for making your own housing arrangements. Email Rhoda Johnson, rhoda.johnson@abc-usa.org, in the Office of Travel and Conference Planning at ABCUSA to receive a list of available hotels with special Biennial Mission Summit rates and to make your reservations through her. Contact her as early as possible as rooms will go fast! (If you call hotels directly, you will not be given special Biennial Mission Summit rates.)

All G.I.R.L.S. Leadership Academy worship and workshops will be held at the Chase Suites Hotel, and it’s conveniently located across the road—just a five minute walk—from the Overland Park Convention Center, the location of the ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit. To stay at Chase Suites Hotel, email Rhoda Johnson,rhoda.johnson@abc-usa.org, early to check availability and make your reservations.