Our Teens Of Excellence Part 2

Why Miss Teen?

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Today with so much negativity surrounding our communities and our teens on social media, schools, news, suicides, pregnancies, chronic diseases and obesity. We know that even in our communities there are teen girls who work hard at school, their passions, crafts, skills, and are just as loving as those teen girls in non urban communities. But many times we are forgotten. These young ladies are well respected and are LEADERS and not followers. That is why we Feature them! It is very important to support them. That is why we seek Sponsors, Donors and Financial Support in our communities. Please give so that we can offer support in everyway our Featureed Teens need it. T.E.L.L is very proud of our Featured Teens and we love them very much! Keep Up the great work young ladies.

Miss Teen August- Meet Erika

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Hi! My name is Erika Ezeiruaku. I’m a 16 year old Nigerian-American. I attend Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, NJ where I am an honor student and play volleyball, lacrosse, and track. At my church, I am  a lector and altar server. I have been serving God through  various kinds of worship since I was a child. I love to read, dance, and play volleyball. I also love fashion and shopping, Marvel/DC entertainment, afrobeats, creating, and learning. I am a strong opponent of racism, any kind of discrimination, bullying, ignorance, abuse, gun violence, hate, and egotistical and conceited behavior. Through my role as a Miss TELL Teen, I hope to empower rising young women, of all backgrounds, to be fearless and seize their opportunities and dreams when they have the chance. Women do not have to take the back burner in society. We have the power, skills, and capability to lead and make our impact on the world. I also would like to promote the basis of self-love and self-appreciation. Placing value on the self worth of young girls will help to build self esteem, pushing them believe they can prosper in the world.

Featuring Maya Angelou Miss September

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 Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women of our time. Her writing pulls on the hearts of many readers. In addition to her proliferous writing career, Maya Angelou has been a civil rights activist. When I read her bio I am amazed at how much we girls, women have in common with  her. Divorced parents, rape, teen pregnancy, drugs,prostitution, strip club, and so much more.

In the late 1950’s Maya Angelou joined the Harlem Writer’s Guild. With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings received international acclaim made the bestseller list. The book was also banned in many schools during that time as Maya Angelou’s honesty about having been sexually abused opened a subject matter that had long been taboo in the culture. Later, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings would become a course adoption at college campuses around the world. With more than 30 bestselling titles, Maya Angelou has written 36 books.