Monique Coleman will be speaking at the 'Girls on Fire' celebration

Monique ColemanMonique Coleman, best known as Taylor McKessie in the tremendously successful High School Musical franchise, will be appearing in a free April 8 event at the Davenport River Center.

Coleman is the featured speaker for the Girls on Fire celebration, organized by Love Girls Magazine, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Junior League of the Quad Cities. Also appearing will be Jessie Michaels, a 15-year-old singer, songwriter and YouTube personality.

The event begins with a 6:30 p.m., “What’s Hot and What’s Not” fashion show and a College and Community Resource Fair.

Coleman and Michaels will be appearing as part of the 7:30 p.m. Love Awards. The awards recognize several local teen girls for their accomplishments and contributions to the community.

As an actress, Coleman has made guest appearances on such shows as Bones, Malcolm in the Middle, The Cleveland Show, and Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She also competed on season three of ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars.

In 2010 Coleman was named the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. She then embarked on a self-initiated and self-funded six-month global tour to empower and inspire young people through the Year’s theme of Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.

Coleman also volunteered with several UN entities including UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, ILO, and UNESCO to better understand issues such as Youth Employment, Reproductive Health, Human Trafficking, Women and Girl rights and Youth in Armed Conflict.

The entire tour spanned 24 countries in a six-month period. Her aim was to raise awareness on the most pressing issues facing today’s youth, encourage young people to use their abilities to foster progress in their communities, and urge the international community to take responsibility on youth issues.

She is also Founder and Executive Producer of GimmeMo.com, an online talk show that empowers youth through safe conversation about issues pertinent to their development. Through that show, she has interviewed such world leaders as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and most recently Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Also sponsoring the event are Royal Neighbors of America, Capri College, Epiphany Events and Amy’s Gifts.

For more information about the event go to lovegirlsmagazine.com. Love Girls Magazine was launched in the Quad Cities, has since spread to Memphis and Washington D.C., and will soon be in Atlanta. The magazine is for girls by girls, under age 20, in the local areas in which the magazine appears.