Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA

Aug 26, 2014

Cultural Youth YES Partnership

Women's Health Specialists has partnered with Inter-Tribal Council of California Inc. for youth training September 5th thru the 8th, 2014. here in Northern California. Title of this youth education session is (Tribal Youth Preparedness Cultural Camp) "Just Represent". WHS has taken our YES training curriclum and merged it with the Native Youth education sessions. Youth that will be attending are ages 12 thru 18 years old. WHS is supporting empowering young women to be peer educators within their community and culture. The location for this event is Whiskey Town Environmental Camp, Redding CA. Within this enviorment, youth will be educated in Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health for youth, Making healthy choices, understanding what is Cultural Competency. All education sessions will be woven in with Native American workshops. This Cultural Camp is designed to be youth friendly, inter-action for all. Events and activities include, CPR & First Aid Certifiation, Prevention/Educational Workshops, Youth Pow Wow, Youth Dance Group,basket Weaving/Beading. and more. Women's Health Specialists is very honered to be invited and have our staff take part in this empowering weekend.  Youth will be able to take this education back to their communities formatted to educate and empower youth within their culture.

This provides a content rich program that engages and empowers future community leaders and a positive change for our community and beyond.

I want to share some successes from 2 past graduates of the WHS YES trainings.

Jackie, went thru our YES training, and here are her thoughts.I have used what I have learned from the Young Women's Leadership Program by referring my friends to Women's Health Specialists and to all of the other organizations in my community. Local Indians for Education offered me the job of Teen Program Manager that I have held for 1 year and have worked with many yourth during this time. Have gone back to school at Shasta College and now working on my Nursing Degree. Thank you for providing this great program it really did change my life and and I found my power for change.

Ivy, "What I learned from the Young Women's Leadershiup Program is how important it is to know yourself and your body. They taught us about informed choices for reproductive health,community resources and had inter-active presentations that supported what we learned. I am now attending Shasta College anf going into the Law Enforcement field. After the program was over I would definitely do it again!

May 9, 2014

Women's Health Specialists is gearing up again!

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our project in 2013, as well as those who have continued to donate in  2014. No matter the amount, your gift has made an impact on our project and for that we are grateful!

We are excited to announce that we have picked a date and location for our next Young Women's Leadership Program and all the donations  we have received this year have made it possible.

In September of 2014,twelve young women in the community of Sacramento, California will have the opportunity to participate in our unique program that helps empower a participant to share their experiences and ideas; make health-care information relevant; and increase their access to commuity services and other vital resources.

We have continued to fine tune our strategies, activities, and outings to create a rich experience for all the new participants. This will help build their knowledge and conncections in their community. This will help them to develop the confidence and curiosity that are necessary for success in both school and later in their lives.

The Young Women's Leadership Program draws on the expertise of local social service agencies and clinic peer health educators in a comprehensive program detailing STD, HIV and pregnancy prevention information in a culturally competent manner. The main focus is on active youth participation and the sharing of relevant  knowledge with adult and peer providers creating a dynamic, interactive process. The program opens  with the group developing consensus on group rules for the four-day session. The young women will share knowledge, particulary information related to contraception, pregnancy termination, and overall reproductive health with their peers. Collective brainstorming continues over four days, along with other innovative, engaging methods, building empowering relationship between the youth participants and providing a meaningful exchange with service providers.

Thank you for supporting  a program that gives young women the reproductive health knowledge andf life skills they need to build self-confidence and sharpen their leadership abilities .Pictures will follow in September 2014 with these powerful  young women  

Feb 12, 2014

New Year, New Plans Underway!

Plans are underway to hold the next Young Women’s Leadership Program in Sacramento, California. We are very excited to bring our leadership program to the capital city of California where we plan to introduce a political advocacy component for the participants.

While we are working hard to update materials and tighten the curriculum, we must also continue to fundraise to keep this program available to young women in Northern California.

Today, Wednesday, February 12, GlobalGiving is offering a 30% match on donations up to $1,000! That means if you donate $50, your donation will be worth $65 on this special day starting at 9:00am EST until 11:59 PM EST or until the matching funds of $100,000 run out. This is a great way to maximize your donation while supporting a program that builds young leaders.

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Make the most of your donation to the Young Women’s Leadership Program project and donate today!

Thank you for your continued support!

Nov 8, 2013

A Participant's Perspective

We always like to check in with the young women who attend our Young Woman’s Leadership Program a few months after they participated in the program to see how they are doing and what impact their participation in the program has had on their lives. We were very pleased when we received this letter from a recent participant who shared her thoughts about the program and how she is utilizing what she learned in her life today.

“What I experienced at the Young Women’s Leadership Program is just unimaginable. I was scared to go at first, but now that I have experienced it all, I am glad I did. The program helped me learn so much about taking care of my body. All of the guest speakers gave incredible information that is very useful to me in my everyday life.

I have many friends and as teenagers we go through so many things. I am glad that now I have a way of taking care of myself and to help my friends and my community as well. I have used what I have learned from the Young Women’s Leadership Program by referring my friends to Women’s Health Specialists and to all of the other organizations like Stonewall and Catalyst. I now know that I have options and that I am the only one who can make any decisions regarding my body and it feels great to be able to share that information with my friends and community. My friends were also happy to know where they can go to get birth control, STD testing and a place where they can talk to someone about different reproductive health care issues. Thank you for providing this great program it really did change my life and I met a lot of new friends! ”
                                                                                                                         - YWLP Participant

We love receiving letters like this because it is a true testament to the long lasting benefits our Young Women’s Leadership Program has on the young women who participate.

Jul 31, 2013

Another Successful Young Women's Leadership Progra

Young Women
Young Women's Leadership Program Participants

In June, we held our second Young Women’s Leadership Program in Chico, California. Twelve young women with various backgrounds were selected from the community to participate. Community organizations that presented included, Sixth Street Drop-In Center, a shelter for homeless youth, Catalyst, a domestic violence response program and Stonewall Alliance Center, a resource for the LGBTQ+ community, to name a few. Reproductive health care information was shared by Women’s Health Specialists’ staff where the young women learned about the various forms of birth control, STD’s and had the opportunity to go on a clinic tour.

                 “This program is awesome! I made a lot of new friends and learned a lot about
                  teen resources”  YWLP Participant

For four days the young women learned about reproductive health care, life skills on budgeting and how to access community resources. They worked together harmoniously and friendships were built in the short amount of time they spent together.

We are still reviewing our pre and post surveys as well as evaluations forms that were filled out that I hope to share the results of in the next project update. However, based on all the verbal accolades from presenters and participants, the program was a huge success and we couldn’t have pulled it off without all those who continue to support this project!

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Project Leader

Linda McCrea

Redding, CA United States

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