Take Charge to Direct “Just For Her” Program


(Forestville, Maryland) Jerrod Mustaf, Executive Director of the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., announced that the organization will host a “Just For Her” program, that will convene in January 2017.  The program is designed to provide support in an environment that focuses on the needs of girls and young women.


The eight (8) week program will address a targeted range of issues facing female teens today, including:  healthy relationships, healthcare, self-esteem, and peer pressure. Executive Director of Take Charge stated:  “We are extremely excited about this new program.  We are seeing more young women come to us with behavior development and counseling services.  Their challenges and paths are very different from young men, and we want to increase their likelihood of success by providing an environment that can specifically address their needs.  Just For Her will provide them an opportunity to have a voice while learning to grow with guidance and support.”


The program will be co-facilitated by three, dynamic women who have over sixty-five years combined in counseling and mentoring girls of color.  A motivational speaker and author, Ms. Aileen Cunningham, overcame the odds of teen homelessness and abuse.  In her book, Who Said I Wouldn’t Make It, she gives an autobiographical testimony of her life as an inspiration for other young women to excel.  A licensed certified counselor in Prince George’s County Public School System, Ms. Celitta Jackson has a 20 year history of assisting youth and families in crises focusing on family systems therapy and Christian-based counseling.  And, Ms. Laconya Reed is a clinical supervisor for the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for the State of Maryland, and licensed Professional Counselor specializing in suicide prevention, crisis intervention, alcohol and drug counseling, and domestic violence prevention.  Together, this talented and accomplished trio of professional counselors are eager to serve young ladies referred to the Just For Her program.


Just For Her will be held in the Take Charge program offices at 7610 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 204, Forestville, Maryland, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The program begins on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and there is no fee.


Just For Her is now accepting referrals.  For additional information or to register for the program, call 301. 420. 7395 or email at info@Takechargeprogram.org.


Registration for this program is a great gift for any young lady and will last far beyond this year’s holiday season.





About Take Charge

Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior development, juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs.  Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 10-18.  Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Program and the Take Charge Pride AAU team.  Take Charge has been providing services to District of Columbia and Prince George’s County youth and their families since 1990. 


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