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SCC Office of Women's Policy, AAUW San Jose to Host Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference

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WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Jose will be hosting Strong Girls, Strong Women, a leadership conference for middle and high school girls, their mothers and other adult advocates for youth.
 
The conference includes a resource fair, continental breakfast and lunch with local leaders, and a private screening of the award-wining documentary Miss Representation. Girls will have the option of choosing workshops focused on financial literacy, healthy eating, body image, becoming an agent for change, cyber safety and teen dating violence.  Separate tracks have been scheduled for Strong Women, mothers and adult advocates for girls, including compassionate communication, information on eating disorders and nutrition and ending violence.
 
WHO:
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Jose
Middle and High School Girls
Mothers and Adult Advocates for Girls
 
WHEN:
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
 
WHERE:
School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
 
WHY: 
Women make up half the population and half the workforce in Santa Clara County; they make significant contributions to the economy and the community.  But discrimination, inequity, lack of opportunity and education still exists and may hinder their ability to develop as leaders, advance academically and professionally, achieve full equality in society, and move to greater economic prosperity.
 
The Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference seeks to raise awareness about the state of women and girls in Santa Clara County and to help empower the county’s local youth.  Research shows that investments of time, energy and resources to support girls’ development are contributing factors in the choices they make and their success in and out of school. 
 
Middle school students are welcomed if accompanied by an adult because of the topics to be covered at the conference.
 
Registration is free but RSVP is required as space is limited. 
To register, visit http://sgsw2014.eventbrite.com.
 
For more information call Carla Collins at (408) 299-5152, or email owp@ceo.sccgov.org. 
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;  Carla Collins, SCC Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5152
Posted:  April 11, 2014