What an AMAZING week – What a SUCCESSFUL program!
Today marks the final day of the Young Women’s Leadership Program in Chico, California. Twelve young women from within the community of Chico spent the week together learning about community services and resources, reproductive health care and life skills that will have an impact on them the rest of their lives.
Beyond Violence Alliance, 6th Street Drop-in-Center, Stonewall Alliance, Catalyst and Butte Community College are a few of the local organizations that presented to the young women. Topics ranged from teen violence, reproductive health care and how to get services, resources for homeless teens, issues facing the LGBT community and programs available to teens who want to further their education.
During their final presentations today it was evident that the young women walked away with many valuable resources that will empower them and those they come in contact with to share what they have learned. In addition to the resources they received throughout the week, this diverse group of dynamic young women created a bond with each other that is sure to last a lifetime.
I want to thank all those who have contributed to our project. Without the support of the donations we received from you, this week wouldn’t have been possible!
Please continue to contribute to the Young Women’s Leadership Program so we can continue to provide a program that empowers young community women!
Thanks to the generous contributions made by you, 12 young women in Chico, CA and neighboring rural communities will take part in our next Young Women’s Leadership Program on June 21-24, 2010.
Currently, our planning committee is working hard to make sure all materials used in the Young Women's Leadership Program are meaningful, relevant and applicable to the participant’s life. Funds received have made it possible for us to continue to provide the same rich content as our previous programs, as well as create new interactive content that will further enhance the participant’s reproductive health knowledge and life skills needed to build self-confidence and sharpen leadership abilities.
Let’s continue to work together to keep this program available to young women in Northern California and build leaders trained in reproductive health education!
I’m excited to announce we have picked a date and location for our next Young Women’s Leadership Program and all the contributions we received this year have made it possible.
Next summer, 12 young women in the community of Chico, California will have the opportunity to participate in our unique program that helps empower participants to share their experiences and ideas; make health-care information relevant; and increase their access to community services and other vital resources.
We have fine tuned our tools, activities, outings and strategies to create a rich experience for the participants as well as build their knowledge and connections in the community they live in, helping them develop the confidence and curiosity that are necessary for success in both school and later life.
Please continue to join us in our effort to help young women gain the confidence, information and power they need to make alliances with women and become a positive, productive force in their communities.
We recently sent inquiries to past Young Women’s Leadership Program participants to gather more information to assist us in fine tuning our program curriculum. The information we gathered was insightful and confirmed that our program has a direct benefit to the young women who participate.
The young women who completed our training sessions showed significant gains in knowledge and tools to use to help themselves, their friends and their communities. In addition, we found there was a 90 percent increase in participants’ knowledge of both social and health related issues facing young people.
Jessica Hodges, a past participant wrote, “That program was awesome! It taught me so much about women’s health and county organizations. It was really great. I probably would of gone years without knowing that info. It was so fantastic that there was a program that told you the truth about things not just telling you how to avoid it with abstinence.”
We remain committed to creating a network of positive relationships and connections among youth and adults, youth peers, local organizations and community groups. Through our Young Women’s Leadership Program we know we can achieve this and more. Join us in our effort to help young women gain the confidence, information and power they need to make alliances with women and become a positive, productive force in their communities.
The support we received in 2008 is a key component as we plan for the future. Currently, project organizers are in the development stages of creating a facilitators guide which will assist in the successful execution of future Young Women’s Leadership Programs.
We have been fortunate enough to remain in contact with past participants to learn how our Young Women’s Leadership Program made a difference in their life. Diane Intharinh, a past participant currently working at a dentist office in her community and going to school to obtain a CNA license said, “The Young Women’s Leadership Program helped me to be able to speak for myself and my body and empower others.” It is statements like Diane’s that reinforce our commitment to offering young women an experience in sisterhood and community health education and the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the feminist health community organizers who work in the respectful, nonjudgmental, woman-positive community of Women’s Health Specialists.
Supporting our project makes it possible for young women in rural communities to have access to the benefits the Young Women’s Leadership Program has to offer. Thank you for your continued support.
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