The Youth EmpowHERment Sleepover is about so much more than girls getting together at an event…

YES is a powerful force of influence that allows individuals and organizations, both locally and nationally, 

to come together for a common good…


It is a partnership of like-minded people, who all carry the common goal of uplifting and empowering the next generation

of female leaders in a way that changes the world.



Respect and Tolerance

Antoinette Corley-Newman, PhD has extensive clinical training and experience in a variety of areas, which include, but not limited to, reproductive health, loss and grief, domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and mood and eating disorders. She is a certified grief recovery specialist and had the opportunity to study with Harvey-Benson at Harvard’s Mind and Body Medical Institute, and enjoys working with individuals, couples and leading support groups. Her theoretical approach is integrative with a cognitive-behavioral emphasis, and her doctoral dissertation addressed the cause and effect of prolonged infertility treatment and PTSD, which she will present at the annual national ASRM conference.

Antoinette enjoys working with all individuals and assisting them in their difficult times as well as improving the person’s life through innovative research. She is compassionate and has the ability to explain the psychology behind attachment, and grief and loss. She knows how to analyze the client’s history, evaluate the current situation and develop strategies to assist the client in discovering their inner core truth while gaining safe and healthy coping skills to address lives challenges. She also has a profound ability to help people adjust to the inevitable changes of life span development. 



Understanding Relationships and Parent Workshop

Janelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (90564) and specializes in adolescent and family counseling. She has studied adolescent culture for the past ten years and understands the current teen landscape. She has worked with various high school populations throughout San Gabriel Valley, providing services for high school students, adolescent groups, and families on campus and in private practice settings. Janelle is currently in private practice in Pasadena, CA.


In addition to providing clinical services, Janelle is a licensed supervisor and enjoys providing supervision for clinicians in training, as well as guest lecturing for various graduate programs in the area.  


Janelle discovered her passion for working with teens while collaborating with Young Life Ministries, where she mentored adolescent women through their high school careers. Transitioning from youth ministry to youth counseling, Janelle provided school-based services for San Gabriel Unified School District.  She then founded the Youth Counseling Program at La Canada Presbyterian Church, where she collaborated closely with youth staff, offering services to many La Canada students and neighboring communities during her four years at LCPC.  She continues to speak for youth groups in the area, as well as provide trainings for staff and parents.


Janelle also specializes in counseling entertainment industry professionals, focusing on issues of resiliency, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and management of the challenges and stressors associated with pursuing a career in the industry.  


Janelle completed her dual Masters in 2010, obtaining a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

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Healthy Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Tamika Lewis, LCSW is a writer, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist practicing in Los Angeles, California. She provides individual, group, and couples counseling with an emphasis on helping women and teens overcome anxiety, depression, and chronic self-doubt.


As a CBT and EMDR trained clinician, Tamika helps people effectively move through trauma and loss so that they can experience more joy and success. She also offers a unique program for women and teen girls who are eager to gain more confidence and clarity in their lives.


Tamika is a contributor to many publications including Thrive Global, Elephant Journal, Voyage LA, Positively Positive, and She enjoys writing, collaborating with dynamic people, and speaking on topics relating love, relationships, and keys to personal success. 

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Navigating Social Media and Outside Influences

Sarah Andersen is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach for Teen Girls and Young Women. She is certified through the Institute for Integrated Nutrition, Teen Wisdom Inc., and the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Sarah has been working with girls and young women for over 10 years through her private coaching practice, The Real Girl Lifestyle. She specializes in working with girls one-on-one, facilitating workshops, and speaking nationally about girl empowerment and GRIT. As Executive Director of The GRACEDBYGRIT foundation, Sarah is on a mission to teach girls that “gritty moments” can make you stronger, and true confidence starts within. Based in San Diego, Sarah loves traveling around the world teaching, learning, and connecting with girls of all ages that inspire her to spread her message.




Mindfulness and Meditation

As the Director of Facilitation at Tools for Peace, Mayme teaches the Stop, Breathe & Think curriculum throughout Southern California through in-school classes, after school clubs, and professional development workshops and trainings. Having taught in diverse settings from graduate programs, hospitals, and elementary schools, Mayme’s experience allows her to find creative and engaging solutions to help her students connect to their innate mindfulness and compassion.