On June 13, 2013, the Girls Coalition held our 5th Annual Conference: Girls Can Change the World!
We partnered with The Ellis School to host this great day for professionals who serve support or advocate for girls in our region. Free social work CEUs were included in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.
SCHEDULE for the DAY
- 8:30 - 9am--Doors open, registration, breakfast
- 9 - 11am--Opening Session
- 11:15am - 12:15pm--Breakout Session #1 (five options)
- 12:15 - 1:15pm--LUNCH
- 1:25 - 2:25pm--Breakout Session #2 (four options)
- 2:35 - 3:35pm--Breakout Session #3 (four options)
- 3:45pm - 4:15--Closing Session (with dessert and mocktails)
The opening session included:
- Deneen Young, Philadelphia ambassador for Black Girls Run!
- Laila Al-Soulaiman a young Pittsburgh activist who draws attention to violence in Syria.
- Sarah Pesi, pushes legislation to protect against stalking or harassment, working with Women and Girls Foundation to push forward Sarah's Bill.
- Charlotte Murphy preserves a basketabll program for girls in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, seeking Title IX suuport from Women's Law Project.
Presentations at the event focused on three key areas: Successful girl-led initiatives, solution-based programming tools and models, and strengthening girl-serving organizations. Topics include:
- Grassroots feminism in Pittsburgh
- Better identifying and supporting girls with eating disorders
- Developing inclusive programming to support youth of all abilities
- How the Hardy Girls, Healthy Women curriculum is being further developed and implemented in Pittsburgh
- Title IX, including the PA's recently passed Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Act (which goes into effect 10/2013)
- Promoting social activism in girls
- Successful models for raising awareness about safe sex in high school and college settings
- Strenghthening organizations through digital communications
- Galvanizing African American girls to recognize their individual self-worth and the value of their sisters, through the 10 life domains critical to a girl’s healthy development
- Specific techniques to engage girls in critical understanding and use of the media
- Engaging girls in STEM and guiding them toward an equitable future
- Experiences from the Maikuru Project: Teen Mom Mentoring Study
- Engaging, training, and managing a strong volunteer base to support programming
Our Generous Sponsors
EDEN HALL FOUNDATION
Pittsburgh Association for the Education of the Young Child
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Jewish Women's Foundation