The girl power movement is gaining momentum and it couldn’t be a better time. We need powerful women leaders and that means supporting the hopes, dreams and skills of young girls today. As luck would have it, an amazing conference is just around the corner designed to empower and lift up aspiring youth of all genders in Washington— Girlvolution, Powerful Voices' 5th annual, 100% youth-led, social justice conference on April 12, 2014.
I had a chance to volunteer for Girlvolution 2013 and was stunned and delighted by the confident young women I met. When girls can lead productive discussions with their peers and community about teen gangs and violence, sexual abuse, drug use, education and empowerment it is an achievement worth celebrating.
During an impressive series of workshops developed and run by these young women I saw a network of support and a unique environment for learning. I watched these bright attendees embrace new ideas. They shared art, conversation, spoken word and food that created a strong sense of community. I had no doubt the conference would help propel many girls on a path of ongoing discovery.
As the mother of two girls, I was humbled and inspired by seeing girls speak out and speak up. I saw young ladies sharing their truth and opinions without fear. I felt so proud to be a witness. Sometimes on our best days, we don’t come close to the power and honesty I saw during this conference. I understood that this group of girls had the energy and courage to become a new generation of women leaders.