For over 15 years, Cheryl Ann Wadlington has been on a mission to save Black girls.
Wadlington, the founder and executive director of The Evoluer House, and her team have steered over 1,500 area-based teens experiencing unique social and emotional challenges and barriers to success.
“Black and brown girls are still in crisis, whether it is being funneled from school-to-prison pipeline or being discriminated against because of the way they dress in school, or for wearing natural hair,” explained Wadlington. “Our girls are not getting a fair or quality education and are not being afforded the opportunity to achieve their dreams. We’re making sure that our girls graduate high school in time and also go attend a good four year college despite the circumstances that they may be going through.”
The Philadelphia native recalls that she was also a marginalized girl who with the help of a supportive community was able to attend and graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. As an in-demand stylist and trend reporter, Wadlington taught fashion journalism at Temple University, where she arranged internship opportunities for her students at some of the most prestigious fashion houses and publications in the world such as Gucci, BCBG Max Azria and In Style magazine. Her contributions to youth development has garnered praise from the highest levels of U.S. government, including President Barack Obama and a White House “Champion of Change” honor.
From its genesis, the Evoluer House has worked tirelessly to equip the most underserved and hard-to-reach girls in the Delaware Valley with essential tools to become college-bound and career-ready, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Recognized as a leading organization in helping girls to reach their full potential, 100% of Evoluer House graduates finish high school on time and 90% go on to attend a four-year college, as a testament to its success.
Wadlington is inviting girls ages 13-18 to register for the Evoluer House White House-recognized Summer 2019 Personal Development Workshop or Workforce Development Program at Peirce College.
“We only take in 25 girls per program,” Wadlington said. “They’re going to be experiencing everything from financial literacy to career day to opportunities to have a power lunch with professional women. How to just basically how to navigate career and life and excel and lead.And we’re very excited this summer because we’re even implementing more of a self care and wellness component for girls, because we find that that that is so important. We got a lot of dynamic, great new things going on this year to make sure our girls are in shape and ready to lead and have a promising and great career.”
The Evoluer Personal Development and Workforce Development Programs are free for those who qualify; others pay a small fee (see application for details). The Programs will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 24, 2019 through Aug. 23, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Peirce College, 1420 Pine St., Philadelphia. Space is limited, so register early. For more information or to register, visit https://www.evoluerhouse.org/registration-2019.