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Status of Girls Report (Addendum) Content Approved October 5, 2017 #YEAROFTHEGIRL SUMMIT 2015-16 At the beginning of the 2015-16 commission year, once girls were decidedly the focus, the Commission announced the #YOTG program and the Summit to be held in September 2016 to celebrate girls in our community. The Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG) recognized several #YOTG honorees—local girls who are making a difference in our community and are doing incredibly inspiring work in their neighborhoods and schools. The 2015-16 commission year culminated in a girls empowerment summit designed to:

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Engage a diverse group of girls Encourage girls to recognize and achieve their personal and professional potential Engage around the issues they face and strategies for overcoming challenges Empower them to make a difference in our community through education, leadership, and selfactualization

Hosted by CSWG, the #YOTG Summit was held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 23, 2016 at City Hall in Tallahassee, Florida. Former CSWG Commissioner and the First Lady of Tallahassee, R. Jai Gillum, spoke to the over 100 girls in attendance during the opening session to get them excited for the day ahead of them: “We’re counting on you to make sure that every year is the year of the girl.” “Before we can empower each other, we have to first empower ourselves.” “We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, and can change the world.” Leon County and City of Tallahassee Commissioners were well represented, including County Commissioner Kristin Dozier; County Commissioner Nick Maddox; County Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley; City Commissioner Nancy Miller; and City Commissioner Curtis Richardson. City Commissioner Nancy Miller, Mayor Pro Tem, and R. Jai Gillum, on behalf of the Mayor, invited the girls to sit in their chairs in the commission chambers. Girls were thrilled to take their picture in the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem’s chairs on the daises, perhaps some girls envisioning themselves in leadership roles for the first time. In addition to the girls, about 50 adult women attended as speakers, volunteers, and chaperones. Numerous vendors tabled with information about community and campus. The summit was an amazing opportunity for the Commission to collaborate with community members and organizations. Breakout sessions were organized by grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 and included discussions about unleashing their potential, finding their authentic selves, healthy relationships, and preparing for college. Closing presenter Denise Wilson rallied the girls to keep the energy going during her speech to the summit: “You have choices now. Now, what you could do is you could say ‘Yeah, we had a lot of fun, and now it’s time to go home. I’m going to go home, and I’m going to do things the way I’ve always done them.’ That is a choice. Or...you can choose to take what you did here today back with you and you can

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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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