GIRLVOLUTION planning in process...

The 4th Annual Youth Led Conference
Saturday, April 13th
10 AM-4PM
Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club

Hello new and old followers of the Powerful Voices blog!
             I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself (or reintroduce myself) to the PV community, as well as let you in on the "behind-the-scenes" action of planning for the event I have been hired to help coordinate: (cue the royal trumpets)

(yaay! yippeee! wahooo!)

For those of you who don't know we consider "youth-led" to be the ages of 12-24.  
Here are some scenes from last year:

Let me backtrack a little:
  •  My name is Nicole Aranda and I was the MSW intern from University of Washington School of Social Work and graduated from my program this past June.
  • Since then, I have been working at a lovely female-led catering company (Ravishing Radish) as well as traveling around the country in order to spend time with family and friends whom I had been ignoring whilst in graduate school. 
Sunset on the rolling hills of the Central California coast.

My cousin Kira hitting a home run in Missoula, Montana where her SoCal softball team got 3rd place in the Western Regional Softball Championship.

 So now, fully rejuvenated by my community and ending my Summer/Fall o' travels by attending the amazing Facing Race Conference in Baltimore, Maryland last month I am rip-roaring- ready-to -go! to help the Activistas of 2013 make this a rockin' and rollin' Girlvolution!

 Included in my rejuvenating community are the Powerful Voices rock stars who have been helping me this last week and a half transition into being a "real" employee: getting organized with event production emails and practicalities to live up to the past Girlvolutions, meeting with partners and volunteers that will propel us forward to the future visions of what we want the GIRLVOLUTION conference to be and seeking inspiration from conversations and what is happening in the world today. 

And since this is the time of year for WISH LISTS, here are mine for Girlvolution 2013:
  • nominations from our community for a young Keynote Speaker.  Who do you know who can handle it?
  • tables from local businesses/non-profits who help promote Girlvolutionaries and their male allies. 
  • food from local, women of color owned/run restaurants as well as their presence.
  • more youth of color attending than ever before.
  • volunteers of all ages and industries from Seattle.
  • comedy and story-telling tips from a local, female comedian (sidenote: last week I went to former Seattle immigrant rights organizer Hari Kondabolu's comedy show and he had THREE hilarious and smart women open for him. A lovely model for a male ally.)
  • music from local, powerful women of color such as THEEsatisfaction.

Sigh...a girl can dream can't she?  Whatever you do, don't funk with my groove. ;)

Peace, love and solidarity,
p.s. Please let me know at if you can help me with anything on my wish list!
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