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Young Women’s Initiative: Listening Session
August 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Calling all girls and young women ages 12-24 in Springfield -We want to hear from YOU!
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is hosting a series of listening sessions this summer, where we will come together to hear young women share stories about how they creatively navigate the lack of access to practical educational programs, health care, career development opportunities, or other obstacles that stand in their way to thriving in our community. Working together, we will make a plan of action to address these issues with our new Young Women’s Initiative (YWI).
The YWI is an effort to create sustainable prosperity for young women, especially young women of color, with disabilities, LGBTQI and non-gender conforming youth, and young women with a background of family economic hardship. The YWI Springfield Partnership strives to activate young women’s voices by centering their leadership to produce systems changes, and improve their lives and communities.
We will be hosting these sessions throughout the summer, and are seeking youth and community organizations serving youth to collaborate on behalf of the young leadership in our city.
Please note the sessions are for girls and young women 12-24 only. Parents accompanying youth will be asked to return or wait in another room. These are not adult networking events.
YWI Listening sessions will culminate in a Blueprint for Action with the launch of our Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) in October.
To register your child (or yourself!), please contact Ellen Moorhouse.