Girls to Women, Women to Girls
The Women’s Resource Center recognizes that a good education is the best way to avoid a life of poverty. One of the most critical times in a young woman’s educational career is her passage from middle school to high school, when she leaves her childhood and enters her teenage years. The Women’s Resource Center helps eighth-grade girls prepare for their passage into young adulthood with the “Girls to Women, Women to Girls” Conference held each spring. About 350 girls from La Plata County learn from peers and adult women how to negotiate life’s trials and tribulations that may interfere with their education.
Get Your Girl Power Conference
The Women’s Resource Center offered the first-ever “Get Your Girl Power” Conference for fourth- and fifth-grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 9, to encourage more young girls to embrace their intelligence and commit to staying in school.
About 30 fourth- or fifth-grade girls in La Plata County attended the first event.
“Get Your Girl Power” is modeled after WRC’s successful “Girls to Women, Women to Girls” program established in 1999 with a grant from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The Center offers two, one-day conferences each April that connect eighth-grade girls with high-school girls, college and adult women to prepare eighth-graders for the transition to and challenges of high school. One workshop is in Durango; the other is in Ignacio. The conferences address topics such as:
- Media literacy
- Personal safety
- Career and life choices
- Interpersonal relationships
- And bullying intervention techniques