Maiara Walsh: GIRL PREP

I feel like I’ve always been a very sympathetic person. I’ve always been the mother in my group even when I was like five or six years old, because I always put myself in other people’s shoes. I think it also has a lot to do with my upbringing. My parents are Buddhists and they raised me Buddhist. They taught me the importance of respecting people and understanding where people come from and doing whatever you can to help humanity.

I was very insecure growing up. I was very emotional and very sensitive. I would never put people down because I knew how it felt. I had low self esteem. And I think that’s what got me into Girl Prep, which is a youth empowerment conference for girls 10 to 13, because I wanted to do something where I would work with girls and with self esteem.

We put them through leadership workshops and goal setting. I’m really grateful to be a part of something like this, because I think especially with self esteem, it’s the root to everything really. It’s how you view yourself, it’s going to be how you view your life, it’s going to determine if you feel like you’re worthy enough or you have what it takes to accomplish your goals. And if you don’t have self esteem or if you have really low self esteem it’s going to be much more difficult to do so.

It’s a blast and an honor. I feel like I take so much from it and I feel like I’m learning about self esteem and everything just by talking to these girls about it.



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GIRL PREP: Empowering Your Girls Everywhere

GIRL PREP Creative Director Jenesis A. Harper,13, poses at the 3rd Annual GIRL PREP Conference on May 1, 2010.

Girl Prep’s missions is to empower young girls ages 10-13 to become positive role models in their community:

“Jenny’s vision is to bring pre-teen girls together in select cities across America for a day of fun and learning. GIRL PREP promotes community activism and leadership; to give girls a greater voice and access to opportunities and organizations in their communities.

Read more at Black Celebrity Kids

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Young Hollywood Joins GIRL PREP To Empower Youth

The 3rd Annual Girl Prep Conference took place at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, CA today where the 2010 Faces Of Girl Prep were on hand to help inspire young girls to build self-confidence and find their voice within. The faces of Girl Prep combined a team of young powerful hollywood actresses to act as role models for todays youth, including Ashley Argota, Francia Raisa, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Amber Stevens, Maiara Walsh and Tamala Jones. Other celebrity supporters in attendance were Monique Coleman and Kym Whitley.

Girl Prep was created to motivate and enhance the abilities of young women; elicit open and safe interactive dialogue between facilitators and participants; empower the participants to make realistic self-assessments in their lives, and develop their goal-setting skills for personal, educations and professional achievement.

In a Perfect World served as the event’s title sponsor for the third year in a row. Other sponsors of Girl Prep Hollywood include Rossi Public Relations, Towanna Freeman & Associates, and Beyond the Balloon.

In a Perfect World inspires and empowers children to become compassionate, socially conscious and responsible leaders. For more information, please visit

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In a Perfect World Presents: Girl Prep Hollywood 2010

Girl Prep is the first empowerment conference event of its kind developed to reach and teach pre-teen girls ages 10-13. Our mission is to promote community activism and leadership; to give girls a greater voice and access to opportunities and organizations in their communities.  


When: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave. | Hollywood, CA 90028  

» Workshops
» Games
» Door prizes
» Celebrity guests from your favorite shows on the Disney Channel!
» Admission is FREE, registration is REQUIRED, and lunch is PROVIDED  

Please contact Towanna B. Freeman, with any additional questions or concerns
by emailing or calling 703.675.2111.  


View Clips below, from the 2009 GIRL PREP Hollywood.  


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Maiara Walsh: Interview with Dolce Vita

Maiara Walsh has also used her voice for good, dedicating her time to charities and causes she believes in. This past March she co-hosted Girl Prep, a youth conference sponsored by the In a Perfect World foundation and founded by the Young Women’s Empowerment Network. Workshops targeting self-esteem, leadership and youth activism were set up and 250 girls between the ages of 10 and 13 participated in the event. As a young woman working in image-driven Hollywood, Walsh identified with the girls. “I think self-esteem is important for everyone,” she says. “But I feel like the youth is so influenced right now by the media and the culture around them that they kind of forget what I think is important, which is valuing yourself and not needing to fit into this one image that most people can’t fit. They shouldn’t have to.”

Source:  Maiara Walsh: Bright Young Thing.

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Myzos Launches Colors For Causes in Support of Girl Prep

At age 8, Savanna Sterling went to her mom and said, “Hey Mom, look at this cool bracelet I made!” From the imagination of a little girl and the branding ingenuity of her mother Caryn, Savanna’s idea spawned the latest tween craze in cool, fun fashion — MYZOS”. 
Currently sold nationwide in Nordstrom and in the trendiest boutiques including Fred Segal and Kitson, MYZOS” CEO Caryn Sterling today announced Colors for Causes in partnership with JDRF, just in time for their annual fundraiser.

Myzos Colors For Causes is a way you can help support our list of charitable organizations, all at NO COST TO YOU!  To participate, just select Girl Prep as your charitable organization your shopping cart page. MYZOS WILL DONATE $1.00 per order AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE TO YOUR ORDER!  To participate CLICK HERE

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Girl Prep Makes

Get empowered!  The Young Women’s Empowerment Network and In a Perfect World recently hosted Girl Prep, an empowerment conference for girls aged 10-13. What is an empowerment conference? Well, it involves celebs(!) and giving girls a chance to make a difference in their communities. The Girl Prep conference, which took place on March 28 in Hollywood, (hosted by Maiara Walsh from Corey in the House and Brando Eaton from Zoey 101!!) gave disadvantaged teen girls access to cool opportunities and a chance to meet cool celebs like Miley, Hayden, Jason Dolley, Corbin Bleu, and Carlisle, Jasper, and Emmett from Twilight (or rather, their real-life counterparts, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, and Kelln Lutz)!


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