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We The Girls: Young Women’s Leadership Conference

We The Girls: Young Women’s Leadership Conference and Pep Rally - Saturday, June 3, 2017

DCPS’ Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders initiative, hosted the 2nd Annual We the Girls: Young Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Woodrow Wilson High School. The day started off with two spoken word artists from Split this Rock who performed poetry about their identity of young women of color followed by welcoming remarks from Shanita Burney, Chief of Office of Family and Public Engagement. A We the Girls Student Ambassador from Brookland Middle School introduced the keynote speaker, Brittany Packnett. Brittany, an educator, writer, and activist, gave an address entitled “The Gospel According to Girls Like Us” which kicked off the day with uplifting and empowering energy.

Throughout the morning, young women in grades 5-12 participated in workshops exploring topics of self-identity, social advocacy, yoga and mindfulness, STEM, self-care, the DCPS dress code, and college readiness. There was also a workshop where parents had the chance to engage with DCPS Central Office staff about the needs of young women of color and how DCPS can better support their development.

After lunch, students participated in the gallery walk and pep rally in the gym. During the gallery walk, young women were able to engage with organizations that serve young women of color. Some of the organizations included: Techbridge Girls, Global Kids Inc., DC Rape Crisis Center, YWCA of National Capital Area, Girls Inc., and Rights4Girls. The pep rally included music from DJ Geena Marie and McKinley High School cheerleaders performed for the crowd. The day of empowerment ended with closing words from the Principal Stafford of Kelly Miller Middle School.

See tweets and pictures of the conference at #WetheGirlsDCPS on twitter!

Download the We the Girls Conference brochure below.