Anita Barker is a native of Lake Charles, La and a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Anita has been married for 15 years to Julien Barker. They have one amazing son, Caleb Barker, and a Shih Tzu named Sniper.
In 2013 Anita founded Girlie Girls Mentoring Program. The “Girlie Girls” mentoring program is a 501c3 Tax Exempt, Non-Profit Organization. This organization is dedicated to building academic and social excellence in young ladies ages 12-18. The mission is to empower each young lady to achieve her full potential in becoming an influential member of the community.
Anita is effectively executing the GGMP mission through year-round mentoring, which includes hands-on education, monthly seminars, community service, college preparation, leadership training, programs that give the members extra support where needed, and so much more. She also surrounds the girls with many positive role models who often attend GGMP seminars as guest speakers.
Having obtained a degree in Sociology, Anita's passion has always been to work with young ladies who lack the self-love and self-confidence it takes to overcome the many challenges faced today, challenges that act as barriers to their successes. She quoted, "I was once that young lady who fought to overcome those same challenges. With the help of God and many people close to me, I was able to conquer and rise. So, opening a mentoring program was a huge dream I had for empowering such young ladies."
Giving back to her community is what Anita loves to do. Making a difference in the lives of others is truly her PASSION!!
Since the opening of Girlie Girls Mentoring Program, Anita Barker has received several mentorship/community service awards from the following:
2022 Citizen of the Year
Lake Charles Kiwanis North
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./Zeta Psi Omega Chapter
City of Lake Charles-Randy Roach
Woodbury Church of Fellowship
Washington Marion Class of '89
Ray D. Molo-I Matter!
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc./Beta Kappa Zeta Chapter
Top Ladies of Distinction-2014
Washington Marion Debate Team
City of Lake Charles Mentorship Award
Former First Lady Michelle Obama-Letter of Appreciation