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Status of Girls Report (Addendum) Content Approved October 5, 2017 IGNITING THE POWER WITHIN: WOMEN AND GIRLS EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT 2016-17 After a successful #YEAROFTHEGIRL Summit in September, 2016, the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls committed to hosting a Summit that would focus on bringing together both women and girls from the community. On April 14, 2017, over 260 women and girls, vendors, Commissioners, and panelists came together to empower, inspire, and share vital information on numerous topics important to women and girls. The program offered separate tracks for women and girls, with combined opening and closing sessions. Students from 23 public, private and charter schools throughout Leon County, three local colleges and universities, along with students from as far as Jacksonville and Thomasville, GA benefitted from the wisdom shared in the 13 sessions held throughout the day. The panelists and speakers included university professors, doctors, attorneys, public relations professionals, law enforcement professionals, business owners, and news anchors. Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, the keynote speaker, provided a challenge to all women and girls in the audience to “recognize and use their own gifts and power to fulfil their dreams.” Audience members also received a special greeting from Kristen Ledlow, a hometown favorite, who now works for NBA TV. Empowerment programming for women included discussions with successful and civic-minded female leaders, mapping success, connecting passion, leadership, and action. Some participants shared their thoughts on the Summit with participants: “The Summit is a first-rate venue for girls to learn about their value and strengths and for women to share their own experiences with and learn from each other. The panelists are knowledgeable community leaders from whom we can all benefit.” - Elizabeth Ricci, Esq. “I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Summit and meeting so many exciting women and girls. I was enriched by hearing their unique stories and I’m thankful they were so willing to share their experiences with us. But mainly, it was the ENTHUSIASM and the POSITIVITY and the feeling of SISTERHOOD that had me leaving there walking on air with a huge smile on my face. Days like that make me feel like we’ve finally turned the corner in figuring out that we’re stronger together!” - Dana Brooks Cooper, Esq. Girls’ programming was split into three grade levels (grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12) to discuss financial empowerment, envisioning the future, and achievement through assertiveness. All girls came together for an afternoon session titled “I AM Worth it/I AM Beautiful” that focused on self-worth and interpersonal relationships. The facilitators began by asking girls what beauty meant to them. Their responses included: “Beauty is how you treat others and yourself.” “You decide what beauty is to you and how you’re beautiful. Beautiful is showing your true self, not how others want to perceive you and want to push on you but just showing how you view yourself as you. Just you, you’re beautiful.” “Even though I have flaws, they are what makes me beautiful.” “At the end of the day it’s up to us to decide how we’re going to react and how much power we are going to give to other people. Keep believing in yourself.”

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2017 Status of Girls Report Addendum  

This Status of Girls Report reflects state and community data pertaining to issues experienced by girls. To provide qualitative evidence of...

2017 Status of Girls Report Addendum  

This Status of Girls Report reflects state and community data pertaining to issues experienced by girls. To provide qualitative evidence of...

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