GirlsFOCUSED Conference 2018


To empower young girls through The Word of God to live out their God-given purpose in the earth


FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.

FOCUSED Ministries, Inc. is a faith-based Non-profit organization designed to enhance the lives of teenaged girls ages 13-18. We believe that through the Word of God, hearts will be healed, lives transformed, and families restored.

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June 8, 2019 2nd Annual GirlsFOCUSED Conference - Vision

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GirlsFOCUSED Mentoring Group

GirlsFOCUSED is a faith-based mentoring program serving the Chicagoland area. Our organization is motivated by God’s love to serve, support, and love young girls. Our purpose is to help young girls between the ages of 13-18 achieve excellence across all life areas through our 1:1 mentoring program and quarterly group activities.

  • We "keep it real" and relevant for this current generation without pushing a “religious agenda”
  • We are a resource for families, providing another layer of support because it truly “takes a village”

If you want to learn more about GirlsFOCUSED and/or want to enroll a young lady, you are invited to attend our first parent meeting. We look forward to seeing you there! You may also contact us for more information.

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Mrs. Tricia L. Murray, Executive Director
Dr. Trisha J. Baker, Founder/President

"There are so many great things about GirlsFOCUSED, I barely even know where to start. First, Dr. Baker, Mrs. Murray, and every person on the GirlsFOCUSED board are so incredibly committed. They strive to help young women succeed in life by giving us an opportunity to have a relationship with God. What I love is that the founders of this organization make us girls feel like we are their number one, but what I love even more is that we actually aren't-- God is..."
~ Samantha, 15

From the desk of the Executive Director:

Greetings on behalf of FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.,

We are so pleased that God has led you to this site. In doing so, He has opened a door and provided an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to you as to who we are and what we do.

We are a non-profit organization with the simple but awesome mission: to help young women achieve excellence. Like other social service programs, we strive to address multiple facets of life, however, we are different. We are motivated by a God-given burden to love and a deep desire to embrace and lift up all of our young sisters. We are unashamedly faith-based and all of our work is grounded in Scripture.

At FOCUSED, we understand that life is often a bumpy journey. As we travel along the road of life, God allows certain paths to intersect for the specific purpose of building relationships. It is through the blessing of relationship with one another that we are strengthened. With God in our midst, the strengthened are also then empowered to achieve excellence. This is our testimony and we want it to be yours, too. We believe you were created to be excellent in all things. We want you to also believe this truth and live excellently!

We invite you to seek us out and make a connection that just might be life changing!
God Bless You!


Trish, Executive Director

GirlsFOCUSED 2018 Conference

Dr. Lewis - Guest Presenter
Stress Management
Ms. Vaniece Catron - Guest Presenter
Ms. Jocelyn Mallard - Guest Presenter
Healthy Relationships
Ms. Jocelyn Mallard
Dr. Diona Lewis
Ms. Catron
Ms. Ricki Parker - Volunteer
Nicole English & Larry Waites
Board Members
Mrs. Baker, Dr. Baker
& London Jones
Ms. Margo McCoy - Board Member
Mrs. Shirlene Baker, Board President
& Ms. Catron
GirlsFOCUSED Conference 2018
Dr. Baker - Opening Session
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Father, I come to You in the all powerful name of Jesus Christ our Savior, our Lord, and our Master. I want to say thank You for breaking down the middle wall of partition and for giving us the privilege to come boldly to Your throne where we can make our petitions known to You and find grace to help us in our time of need. Father, we desperately need You. We really can’t make it without You. Thank You for giving us the privilege to come to You with our cares, worries, and concerns. We know that You have exactly what we need to get the work of FOCUSED Ministries done. You have told us not to be anxious about anything, but that we should pray about everything resulting in Your transcendent peace. You are a great and awesome Father who would not and does not withhold any good thing from Your children. You are faithful as You have promised and You keep all of Your promises forever.

Father, because of who You are and what Your word declares, we are coming to You another time on behalf of FOCUSED Ministries, its leaders and those working alongside them, the girls involved and their families, and the communities in which this ministry operates. We need Your grace, wisdom, strength, and provision as we do the work You assigned us to do. Sometimes, Father, it seems like we are not moving along at the pace we would like to, but help us to walk patiently and confidently trusting Your loving care and Your gentle leading in getting us where we need to be. Thank You that You are indeed our good, good Father who will lovingly see us through to the desired end.

Father, I am asking You please to open closed doors and pour out financial blessings upon FOCUSED Ministries and that Your divine favor would emerge from unexpected places and people. Speak to Your people and place within their heart, soul, and spirit the desire to learn about and support FOCUSED Ministries. Father, You are a God of limitless resources and of what seems so impossible. Everything in this world belongs to You. All we need to do is ask, even though You are acutely aware of our needs. Not only that...You have promised to supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory. Forgive us, Father, if we have not been trusting You completely to do what You have promised. You have told us time and again to ASK and it shall be given. When we have asked, we should believe that our request is granted and it will be done. You also said You will not withhold any good thing from those who love, trust and reverence You.

Father, please help the visionaries of the ministry to stay focused, united, committed, and strong. Strengthen our resolve to be faithful as You are faithful to us. May we continue to trust and believe You every step of the way. Protect and cover these young ladies and the many others for whom this ministry is designed to serve. Touch them in ways that only You can and that they will, in turn, be a blessing to their family, friends, neighbors, and those with whom they may come in contact with each and every day. Thank You, Father, for all the good gifts we have already received from Your hands and for all You promise to do, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Offered by Mrs. Doreen Thompson, Member of the Governing Board of Directors
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Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son, into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:7-12, NIV).

In 1965, Hal David told the story behind his classic song, What The World Needs Now Is Love. He said, "It was hard for me to find somewhere quiet to work so I would drive into town slowly, which would give me the opportunity to think and get ideas. I would write in my head during the ride. One day, I thought of the first two lines of this song: What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. When I began to write the first verse, everything I thought about just seemed off: We don’t need a plane to fly faster, we don‘t need a submarine to go deeper….I needed something to compare it to and everything I thought about had nothing to do with the person I was talking to – God. I realized that I needed to write the antithesis – what we didn’t need. One day on the ride to New York, it came to me.

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. That's the only thing that there's just too little of. What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. No, not just for some but for everyone...Lord, we don't need another mountain. There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb. There are oceans and rivers enough to cross, enough to last 'til the end of time."

Love is the greatest of all human qualities, and it is an attribute of God himself (1 John 4:8). Love involves unselfish service to others; to show it gives evidence that you care, LAB).

Jesus said, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:1-13). He also said, If you love me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15). Imagine what the world would look like if the whole world followed this teaching.

Heavenly Father,

We love You and give You thanks for all You’ve done and for who You are. We delight to do Your will. We are grateful for the privilege of knowing and serving You. You have given us a heart of compassion for Your precious daughters and their families. With Your love living in and working through us, we possess the power to show everyone the kind of love You pour out on us every day. We praise You for the confidence in knowing that Your love never fails. Use FOCUSED Ministries to show the world the meaning of real love (see 1st Corinthians 13). In the Precious Name of Jesus Christ our Savior and King! Amen!
~~Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world~~

Offered by Mrs. Shirlene Baker, President - Governing Board of Directors
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