About Us

Girl Talk Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to empower and motivate girls to be their BEST! Here, young girls talk freely about the issues that affect them on a daily basis. The young girls that attend Girl Talk know that they have someone they can trust and confide in, who will listen and be there for them when they feel unsure. They know that Girl Talk Inc. strives to help them navigate through any life issues that may come up in their journey to adulthood. We arm young girls with life skills that will help them to be successful in school, have positive social interactions with their peers, and boost their self-esteem to create a positive self-image.

It is our goal to give girls a voice and provide the mentoring and resources needed for young girls to reach their true potential. Girl Talk educates, help builds self-esteem, and foster independence by having volunteer staff on hand that are experienced in life issues that young girls face. Our staffing model also includes advisors and facilitators that possess the expertise needed to mentor and guide our girls in the areas that impact them the most.

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Girl Talk Inc. will focus on areas such as Health & Wellness, Confidence Building, Coping Skills, College Preparedness, and Sex Education just to name a few. With these tools available to young girls, it is our goal to equip them with life skills that will enable them to make good decisions and become successful in achieving their personal and professional goals.

Girl Talk Incorporated is me. I remember being a young girl wishing for a wiser, older sister I could share my ideas and experiences with. Being the only girl out of six brothers, I found myself needing someone in my immediate community that could relate to what I was experiencing as a young woman.

While my mother is the sweetest, most loving woman I know—in my youth, she was working through her own issues and unconsciously didn’t have the capacity for mine. It was always, “don’t do this!” or” don’t do that!” and there was never a real or honest conversation about, “WHY NOT!?”  

With my father being in and out of prison for much of my younger life, having an absent parent perpetuated my feelings of low self-image and worth. I began thinking I wasn’t pretty or loved because no one was telling or showing me otherwise. 

Listen: all parents do the best they can with what they’ve been given—but I really needed those important conversations in my teen years. I often wonder if I could have avoided some of the challenges I went through if only I would have had someone to confide in.

After struggling with teen pregnancy, dropping out of high school, and poor decision-making in my 20s, I vowed to get myself together and do whatever I could to make sure young girls NEVER felt the way I was made to feel.   

Years (and a lot of hard work) later, my dream came true! Girl Talk Incorporated was developed so girls can have a supportive environment to talk freely about the issues and challenges they face as they transition into their teen and adult years. 

Our plan is to reach as many young women as possible and show them that they are not alone. With Girl Talk Inc., girls in the Indianapolis community will always have someone to help guide them in the direction of SUCCESS and SELF-LOVE

It takes a village! Thanks so much for your continued support,

Sonya Cooke

Sonya Cooke

Our Board of Directors

Sonya Cooke

Sonya Cooke

President

Sonya Cooke is a wife and mother of two currently living a blessed life in Indianapolis, IN, but this was not always the case. Sonya has overcome many struggles in her life, beginning at a very early age.

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Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey Taylor

Vice President

Kelsey Taylor is a certified Personal Trainer with the International Fitness Professionals Association. She carries certifications in Wellness, Sports Nutrition, Strength Training and Indoor Cycling with more than 15 plus years of experience in these fields.

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Rhuperdia Clay

Rhuperdia Clay

Educational Director

Rhuperdia is the sixth child of nine children. She is a wife to Manzel Clay and mother of two children, Dajaie and Stone Clay. Rhuperdia holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

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Catt Miles

Catt Miles

Board Member

Catt Miles is an award-winning Author, Speaker, Life and Relationship Coach who helps women and families obtain and maintain balance in work, life, and love to live an abundant life.  Catt is a survivor of teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and toxic relationships.

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Melba Salmon

Melba Salmon

Education and Program Consultant

One of Indiana’s premier educations thought leaders, Melba Salmon is revered for practical training, pioneering data architecture, and transformative coaching.  Her immense talent for innovative curriculum development and instructional design and delivery is evident in her virtual school counselor training series: Wise Advising – Practical Tools for Transformative School Counseling.

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Cirsten Secrest

Cirsten Secrest

Chairperson

Cirsten Secrest is an HR professional with an extensive background in employee relations and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).  She is a member of both the national and Iocal chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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Yolanda Smith

Yolanda Smith

Strategic Advisor

Yolanda M. Smith is a highly driven woman who was born to break barriers, she proves that when powered by purpose, people are unstoppable.  Yolanda is a speaker, author, and success coach with expertise in personal branding and professional development.

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Join Our Board!

Girl Talk Incorporated is excited to open up its board invitation process. If you would like to join an organization that has a passion for making a difference and serving teen girls in the Indianapolis community, please consider joining our Board of Directors. 

Interested?

Please fill out our Board of Directors’ questionnaire, or if you have any questions, contact us at 317-731-2820.

Want to be a part of our village?

If you have a passion for mentoring and connecting with young girls, assisting them in reaching their personal and professional goals; please consider volunteering with Girl Talk Inc.