Pretty in Pink Goes International

Innovative program shares its story at international parks conference.

From left: Reneshia White and Yessica Famoso presented its programs to the World Urban Parks Congress virtually in December.

Rec and Parks: Pretty in Pink, the innovative and fast-growing program that empowers young teen women toward respect, dignity and self-realization, presented at the World Urban Parks Congress in December.

It was another milestone for the program, created ten years ago by Reneshia White, Facility Director, Club Member, and managed by Reneshia and Yessica Famoso, Facility Director, Club Member. The event started 10 young participants and grew to nearly 600 in 2020 before pausing for the pandemic.

From left: Reneshia White and Yessica Famoso.

Pretty in Pink is a youth conference with a goal of empowering young girls in the urban community. Pretty in Pink provides a safe space for them to be open and discuss daily life challenges among women who truly care for them. The girls get opportunities to socialize with young girls from other parks/communities. The conference is designed to encourage and empower the girls to achieve their goals and aspirations. They leave the conference knowing that they are not alone with issues that may be occurring in their lives and that they have people that care about them.

Congratulations to Reneshia and Yessica.