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Councilor Sheila Tyson Inspires Mentees to Tap Into Their Greatness at 5th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power

As women continue to make strides on international scales, it is important that young women recognize their value as they begin to excel into the real world. That is why Councilor Sheila Tyson felt it was imperative that the young women of Parker High School accompany her to the 5th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Women of Power “Healthy Wealthy Wise” National Summit in our Nation’s Capital! In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Black Women’s Roundtable Summit collectively assembled hundreds of ambitious women (and their mentees) from across the country to participate in a 4-day summit. While the summit focuses on engaging in collective strategies to develop solutions for women and girls to live healthier, wealthier and wiser lives through civic engagement and public policy, Councilor Tyson said she hopes that the younger generation of female leaders will take hold of the many opportunities to network and grow to new levels of social and cultural innovation.

“I believe our young ladies thrive when mentors foster the leadership abilities that they already posses,” Councilor Tyson said. “We have to remain consistent in our purpose and tap into their confidence as early as possible so that they will know their worth.”

Parker High School Senior Kaylan Simmons was chosen to attend the conference with Councilor Tyson because of her outstanding achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. During the conference Kaylan was able to interact and share ideas with other teens about ways that they can make a difference at such a young age. Kaylan said the conference motivated her to look at additional avenues to reach her peers on issues that affect them.

“It was very enlightening to see so many young ladies like myself who are committed to making a change in our community,” Miss Simmons said. “I learned so much from the seminars that were a part of this conference, and I’m looking forward to being able to initiate some of the ideas that were discussed in my own neighborhood.”

About The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition):

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) is a 501©3, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.

The National Coalition was founded on May 6, 1976. For nearly 40 years, The National Coalition has served as an effective convener and facilitator at the local, state and national levels of efforts to address the disenfranchisement of underserved and other marginalized communities through civic engagement including:

  • Non-Partisan Voter Empowerment Organizing and Training
  • Young Adult Civic Leadership Development
  • Promoting Women’s Health, Wellness and Girls Issues
  • Grassroots organizing and issue education
  • Disaster recovery and rebuilding Initiatives for Katrina- Rita survivors in the Gulf Coast and other communities across the country

The National Coalition has a national membership of organizations representing a diverse constituency base including civil rights, labor, and business organizations; fraternities and sororities; women, youth, educators, faith leaders, public policy makers, researchers and others. The National Coalition adopted a year-round civic engagement program structure in 2003 and has established twelve (12) state-based affiliates and networks to maximize its ability to increase Black civic engagement and voter participation on a year-round basis.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.