It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to look around and see what people are doing to improve your community. Today, I was lucky enough to press “pause” and see first hand what the next generation of young leaders are all about.
While volunteering at the 4th Annual Girls For A Change Summit, more than 1,300 high school and junior high girls from the Bay Area celebrated their collective wisdom, intellect and influence. The Summit gives young women an opportunity to discuss current issues affecting their communities, participate in knowledge building workshops and gather information for their 2007 social change projects. Words can’t describe the energy in the crowd or the excitement on the girls’ faces during the opening ceremonies. New York Times best selling author and lawyer, Cupcake Brown kicked the day off by sharing her personal struggles as a young woman. By openly recounting her affiliation with drugs, violence and prostitution at a young age she was a shining example of what it means to not give up and that “anything is possible.”
Following the opening ceremonies, over 500 local female professionals taught workshops to build self awareness, body image, sexual health, respect and leadership. Some of my favorite work shops were: “Learning Your Body Through Breaking” (Break dancing — I have mad skillz), “The DL on Getting into College,” “Dressing for Success,” and “Get Your Grub On! The right way.”
The Summit was not only a day of learning but a time for the entire community of young woman to come together as ONE and see themselves as adventurous, unique, ambitious, artistic, courageous and strong, and (most importantly) ready to lead by example. It was very inspiring to see the talent and strength of today’s young woman. Boys, watch out….they’re going to be a force to reckon with!