Girls Inc. of WCCC End of the Year Celebration



Back row: From left to right: Jocelyn Perez, Jenni Ramirez, Marsha Dowell, Kamera Simms, Shawn Culpepper, Tiffany Farmer. Front row: Maddy Fisher-Wright, Amya Harris, Shannon Culpepper.


 By Mieasha Harris

On Saturday, June 25 jazz melodies dabbed the air as guests socialized at the Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County’s End of the Year Celebration that highlighted the successes of the agency, its program participants, supporters and new Board members. Held in the spacious backyard of the Girls Inc. center, about 60 spectators claimed the available seats and wall space to partake in the festivities of presenters, certificates, and great food. Health field professionals Mrs. Bea Williams, Health Nutritionist and Dr. Carla Wicks, OBGYN at Kaiser, delivered encouraging speeches to females in the crowd concerning education, caring for your body, mind and spirit and not letting anyone or anything deter them from reaching their goals. As well as the third speaker, Mrs. Alexa Weber-Morales, Grammy nominated Jazz singer, shared her life’s experiences and her journey to recognizing her inner strength. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin along with Principal of the Year recipient, Barbara Penny-James and many others were in attendance.

Youth Jazz ensemble, Fade 2 Black, provided the entertainment, while 15 year old Tiffany Farmer, student at Hercules High School, was Mistress of Ceremonies. Other students, Elizabeth Murrillo of J.O. Ford Elementary School and Amya Harris of Alameda Community Learning Center, both spoke on their positive experience while participating in Girls Inc. Programming.

The afternoon concluded with Gloria Scoggins, first Vice president to the Board of Directors, delivering a heartfelt message on the continued efforts to expand the Girls Inc. brand, serving more girls and committing to assist them in reaching their academic goals. Certificates and T-shirts were distributed to all girls who participated in the College Bound Girls program or the On-site Mentoring program.

If you would like more information on Girls Inc. of WCCC, please contact them at 510-232-5440 or visit the website