“The mission of EspeciallyMe is to promote and facilitate ideas, attitudes, goals and lifestyles that will encourage school age youth to adopt and sustain concepts of positive self-value and dignity in defining and pursuing success and excellence.”
In 1999, the first EspeciallyMe Conference was introduced to African American young ladies in the Denver metro community. The Conference was the dream and vision of Founder and Executive Director, Patricia Houston. Her goal is to teach young ladies to depend more on their “inner voice” to understand right from wrong, as opposed to the media or peer pressure. Relying on her belief that “The True Light Shines From Within,” Patricia found a host of African American women and college mentors within the Denver metro community who were willing to share their wisdom and experience to support the EspeciallyMe Dream. The Conference proved to be a resounding success and before the program ended, the participants were talking about plans for the next year’s conference.
Framed by the philosophy “The Price of Dignity,” and “The Standard of Excellence,” the EspeciallyMe Conference has been able to address a multitude of issues impacting the lifestyle, spirit, dignity and personal values of African American young ladies in high school and the many factors today that diminish personal self-worth and self-value. Personal, social, and academic achievement is stressed as the needed criteria to gage what is appropriate, expected, and worth emulating.