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Linking heritage to hope…providing social service ministries which will bring together generations and diverse groups of peoples to promote a sense of family solidarity and reverse the domestic polarization that is tearing the very fabric of our society.” -Reverend Henry C. Gregory III

Shiloh Debutante
Program

"Its not where you start, but where you finish"
The Shiloh Debutante Program is a faith-based Program for young women wishing to prepare for their formal entrance into contemporary society. At the core of our Program are Rites of Passage Workshops designed to provide opportunities to discuss, learn and practice essential life skills with poise and grace. Participants in the Shiloh Debutante Program make a commitment to invest time and hard work towards self-development. An additional Program benefit is the opportunity to earn scholarship monies through your fundraising activities. We have selected for our theme an adage that we feel captures the essence of our Program:  It’s not where you start, but where you finish. We have also embraced the life cycle of the butterfly to symbolize what we anticipate will be your steady and wonderfully transforming experience as a debutante. 

PROGRAM 
BACKGROUND

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The Vision

The Mission

The Shiloh Debutante Program envisions a world of equality and opportunity for all girls. We strive to help develop teen girls who will hold themselves in high regard by building character and self-esteem, improving academic performance, increasing commitment to community service and developing interpersonal relationships. 
Using real-world experienced and accomplished adult mentors, the mission of the Shiloh Debutante Program is to inspire teen girls to graduate from high school, pursue higher education and become productive, caring and educated adults. In addition, the Program will promote abstinence from sex, drugs, smoking and violence through the teachings of God’s Word.

RITES OF PASSAGE WORKSHOPS

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The Rites of Passage Workshops are designed to teach Debutantes biblical lessons of morality, integrity, responsibility, obedience, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Following the study of God's Word, workshops will be taught by persons with expertise in the following areas:

Planning for College and Careers
Basic Etiquette (The Value of Manners, Ethics and Integrity)
Looking Good from the Inside Out (Self Image/Self Esteem) 
Finding Your Voice (Effective Communication/Presentation Skills) Health, Fitness and Nutrition (during sleepover)
Social Networking Etiquette and Security
Money Matters/Financial Literacy 
Civic Responsibility (Local Politics/Activism) 


Community service is also a major component in the Rites of Passage Program. We aim to promote and cultivate an awareness of, and an appreciation for giving of one’s self in service to others. 
The Shiloh Debutante Program will strive to:

  • Help teen girls identify career interests and develop personal skills. 
  • Encourage teen girls to volunteer and make their communities better places to live.
  • Promote life-long success through increased personal responsibility, academic excellence, healthy lifestyles, spiritual and moral fortitude and leadership.

The Shiloh Debutante Program will aim to have 100% of Debutantes:

  • Graduate from high school,
  • Pursue post-secondary education,
  • Avoid unplanned pregnancy through abstinence,
  • Develop healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The ultimate goal and objective of this Christian-based Program is to elevate and motivate the Debutantes to live God’s purpose and plan for their lives, to walk by the Word and to enjoy the journey! 

THE PROGRAM APPLICATION

NON-DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
At the beginning of the Fall, a prospective Senior Debutante must be Senior in high school. A Junior Debutante may be a Junior or a Sophomore. A Pre-Debutante must be a Freshman and at least age 14. 
All prospective Debutantes must:

  • Transcript (reflecting a minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Never have married
  • Have no children
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (one from school official, one from community representative)
  •  Remit $50 non-refundable application fee with the application
The Shiloh Debutante Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex or gender, disability, or religious denomination in the administration of it Program and/or events. 
Fundraising and Scholarships
Historically, the Debutante Ball primarily served to formally introduce to polite society, young ladies from aristocratic or upper class families.  The Shiloh Debutante Program expands this old tradition by adding preparation for life espoused through Rite of Passage education. Today’s Program inspires teens to become productive and responsible citizens, pursue higher education and earn academic scholarships. 
The Program Director and Committee members direct parents and sponsors of Debutantes to participate in fundraising activities to raise money for scholarships and to support Debutante Program operations and other FLCF-sponsored programs. Each Debutante will receive a portion of her funds raised if she raises the minimum amount required. Senior Debutantes mustraise a minimum of $1,500 and Junior Debutantes a minimum of $1,000. Pre-Debutantes are not required to raise funds, however are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities to raise a minimum of $500. 

All Debutantes are encouraged to raise funds beyond the minimum requirement to receive a greater portion of their money raised as scholarship money.

The Grand Cotillion

After nine weeks of studying God’s Word, attending Rite of Passage workshops, participating in a community service project and creative fundraising activities, the Shiloh Debutante Program Season will culminate in an elegant Cotillion, where the Debutantes are presented to society and their workshops and fundraising successes are celebrated.  Clad in elegant evening gowns, the Debutantes waltz with their fathers and teen escorts; and the evening concludes in the crowing of the Debutante Queen.After nine weeks of studying God’s Word, attending Rite of Passage workshops, participating in a community service project and creative fundraising activities, the Shiloh Debutante Program Season will culminate in an elegant Cotillion, where the Debutantes are presented to society and their workshops and fundraising successes are celebrated.  Clad in elegant evening gowns, the Debutantes waltz with their fathers and teen escorts; and the evening concludes in the crowing of the Debutante Queen.
Contact Us!
Program Executive Committee
Sharon Parker, Ph.D., Director
​Elizabeth J. Carroll, Assistant Director
Eppie O. Hankins, Director of Finance
Zenobia B. Bingham, Parent Advisory Ombudsman 
Isabelle Mack, Executive Director-FLCF

For any questions or concerns please call (202) 735-0056.