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 is offering the 2nd “Get Your Girl Power” Conference for fifth-grade girls on Friday, April 25 in Bayfield and Saturday April 26, in Durango. This conference is to encourage more young girls to embrace their intelligence and commit to staying in school.
About 30 fifth-grade girls in La Plata County attended the first event in 2012.
“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 is offering a one day conference on May 8th, 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. This year the workshop is in Durango at Fort Lewis College. The conferences address topics such as:
- Media literacy
- Personal safety
- Career and life choices
- Interpersonal relationships
- And bullying intervention techniques