The third annual Potential to Power Girls Symposium will be held at Microsoft in Times Square, on May 23, 2016. This year’s event will engage a diverse group of 200 girls (150 high school /50 middle school) from all over New York City and 50 women leaders. The symposium will unite intergenerational and multiracial voices to promote understanding, dialogue and social action on critical issues facing girls in New York City. The YWCA of the City of New York seeks to amplify girls’ voices among women advocates and develop partners in the YW gender justice network to advance policy and opportunities for the next generation of women in school, career and life. Past notable attendees included Lieutenant Kathy Hochul, Janet Mock, Piper Kerman, Melissa Harris Perry, and Anna Holmes. These women generously donated their time to converse with girls about gender equity in the 21st century.
This year’s theme, Bridging Minds, Building Movements, emphasizes the event’s commitment to uniting diverse girls in an effort to develop their collective leadership. Symposium sessions will revolve around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Activism, Math and more!
As a result of this symposium, we hope to see an increase in attention, public discourse and funding on gender equity in New York City and across the nation. It is our hope that girls who attend the event will be inspired to become gender justice advocates in their own communities.