Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA

 
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On the right, Katie at Reproductive Freedom Day
On the right, Katie at Reproductive Freedom Day

The planning team is actively recruiting 14 young women who will have the opportunity to participate in the 2012 Young Women’s Leadership Program schedule to take place this June in Chico, California.

We are excited to offer this unique program to young women in Northern California. These young women will be inspired to create a network of positive relationships and connections among youth peers, adults, local organizations and community groups. At the end of the program they will have gained confidence, the power they need to make alliances with women, reproductive health care information and become positive, productive forces in their communities.   

As recruitment continues, we are finalizing the program details which draws on the expertise of local service agencies and clinic peer health educators detailing STD, HIV and pregnancy prevention information in a culturally sensitive and competent manner. New plans included inviting the 2010 participants back to talk about their experiences since they completed the Young Women’s Leadership Program. Two of the past participants planning to attend will share their story about participating as a community delegate on behalf of Women's Health Specialists at the 2012 Reproductive Freedom Day held in Sacramento, California last March.

As we get closer to the program date, it is apparent that more funds are still needed to pull off a successful event. Any amount helps. $35.00 will pay for one young woman’s meals and $50.00 will pay for one young woman’s supplies. Whatever you can give will go directly to support one of the 14 young women selected for our 2012 Young Woman’s Leadership Program this June.

YWLP participants receive community award.
YWLP participants receive community award.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our project in 2011, as well as those who have continued to donate into the New Year. No matter the amount, your gift has made an impact on our project and for that we are grateful!

A recent success from the program involved two Young Women’s Leadership Program graduates who were recognized as Youth Community Asset Champions by the Shasta County Public Health and the Health Improvement Partnership. One of the graduates is now working as a community health outreach worker in Shasta County.

As we move into the New Year we are filled with excitement as we continue to plan for our next Young Women’s Leadership program scheduled for this summer in Chico, California. Some of the plans include inviting past participants to co-lead one of the workshops, recruitment of presenters and development of even more interactive activities.

So here’s to 2012 and the launching of another Young Women’s Leadership Program made possible by your support!

YWLP Participants - Summer 2010
YWLP Participants - Summer 2010

As we plan for our next Young Women’s Leadership Program scheduled for summer 2012, we must continue our fundraising efforts to ensure the program will be available for young women in the years to come.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 19, GlobalGiving is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor! That means every donation during this window of time will be worth more. This wonderful opportunity to maximize your donation is only available from 12:01 am EDT on October 19 until 11:59pm EDT or until the matching funds of $100,000 run out.

In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is also offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors.

Make the most of your donation to the Young Women’s Leadership Program project and donate on Wednesday, October 19!

Thank you for your continued support!

Our next Young Women’s Leadership Program is scheduled for summer 2012 in Chico, California. Planning is already underway to ensure another informative and successful event for all participants.

The Young Women’s Leadership coordinators are collaborating with various local agencies and community leaders to provide a content rich program that engages and empowers future community leaders. Ongoing fundraising efforts are first and foremost in order to provide the same level of excellence as past programs.

Be a part of the next Young Women’s Leadership Program and donate today!

Ivy Lynn Wilson at Reproductive Freedom Day
Ivy Lynn Wilson at Reproductive Freedom Day

Young Women’s Leadership Program participant, Ivy Lynn Wilson attended Reproductive Freedom Day in Sacramento, CA organized by the California Coalition of Reproductive Freedom.

Each year Women’s Health Specialists selects delegates who stand out as organizers in their community to attend Reproductive Freedom Day. Ivy, a past participant of the Young Women’s Leadership Program was one of the delegates selected to attend the 2011 Reproductive Freedom Day. Below is a statement from Ivy about her experience.

“Through my different roles as a student from the Anderson Union High School District, youth peer educator for Local Indians for Education and community activist for Women’s Health Specialists through the Young Women’s Leadership Program, I attended the 9th Annual Reproductive Freedom Day in Sacramento CA on March 22, 2011.

During the conference, I applied the information that I learned to my own life experiences and values. I got to share my own opinion and represent other youth in my community.

This was a good experience for me as a young teen. I felt empowered knowing I could make a difference in my local community and at a statewide level. I had lots of fun meeting new people and going to workshops.”

Please continue to support our Young Women’s Leadership Program. Your support is what makes it possible for young women like Ivy to build self-confidence and leadership skills that they can use their entire life.

Stay tuned for our next project update where we will announce the location and date of our next Young Women’s Leadership Program!

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Project Leader

Linda McCrea

Redding, CA United States

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