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Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders

Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders

Across the city, DCPS held listening sessions with more than 100 young women and girls of color to hear directly from students on how schools could better support them. Our young women shared their stories and experiences and from their narratives we are seeding Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders, a multi-pronged initiative that focuses on leadership, health and wellness, and identity.

The pillars of Reign are:

  • Creating spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership skills inside and outside of school, starting with a citywide conference for young women of color on June 3, and continuing as a series of Young Women’s Workshops in School Year 2017-2018.
  • Ensuring that schools are empowering places for young women of color by providing support to teachers and staff with training on gender and racial equity and expanding the health and gender curriculum at DC Public Schools.
  • Launching Reign Innovation Grants to improve academic and social outcomes for young women of color by focusing on academic development and social-emotional supports.

Check out Reign’s first annual “We The Girls” Conference on WAMU!