Call for Support and Donations: “Self-Care” Days for Incarcerated Girls

On Saturday December 17th, Girl Talk will be hosting a “Pamper Yourself” Self-Care Day for the young women who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. We are organizing this event with no money and so we will be heavily relying on our supporters to make this day a success.

On Sunday December 18th, we will coordinate a similar event for the young women who are incarcerated at IYC-Warrenville.

To make both days a success, here is what we need:

If you are a bodywork therapist (massage, reflexology, etc…), please volunteer your time and skills from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

If you can offer manicures and/or pedicures to the young women, please volunteer.

Do you teach yoga, relaxation and anti-stress techniques? Then please join us.

We are asking for volunteers who identify as women. If you are interested contact Mariame at or 773-392-5165 to sign up for a shift at the jail. We are asking volunteers to let us know about their availability by November 15th. We are going to give a list of all volunteers who will be participating to both the jail and the prison so that we can clear everyone in advance.

Volunteers Needed for December 17:
1. Manicures and pedicures (amateurs are of course welcome)
2. Aromatherapy
3. Relaxation Technique instructors

Volunteers Needed for December 18:
1. Manicures and pedicures
2. Massage therapists (for chair massages); Reiki specialists, etc…
3. Aromatherapy
4. Relaxation Technique instructors


We need several supplies for the day and also for the gift baskets that we would like to give to the young women at the end of the day.

Lotions (any size)
Hair Care Products (appropriate for young women of color)
Bath Salts
Bath Soaps
Bath Gels
Bath Milks
Sugar Scrubs
Aromatherapy Oils (Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, etc…)
Nail Polish (we need different colors)
Nail Polish Remover
Cotton Balls
Nail Tools
Foot Cremes
Eye Pillows
Soft and Fuzzy Socks

We also need items to make our own items:
Almond Oil
Olive Oil
Jojoba Oil
Epsom Salt
Milk Chocolate
Granulated Sugar
Cinnamon Powder
Ginger Powder
Nutmeg Powder
Lemon Juice

All donations and items must be received by December 9th. You can mail items to: Project NIA c/o RPCC, 1530 West Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626. If you want to drop off your items, you can do so at the same address however please call Mariame at 773-392-5165 to make sure that someone will be there to receive the items from you. Finally, if you prefer to contribute money (which we would gladly accept), you can make your check payable to Project NIA (write Girl Talk on the memo line) and mail to the address listed above. We will be shopping after December 1st for all of the items that we did not get donated.


Important Note: We very much believe that ALL incarcerated youth deserve many “self-care” days. Our capacity only allows us to work with the young women at JTDC and IYC-Warrenville. If a group of men would like to organize similar events for young men at the JTDC, please contact Mariame so that she can connect you to the appropriate staff at the jail.