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As one of the oldest women’s rights organizations in the nation, YWCA of the City of New York (YWCA NYC) is continuing its tradition of hosting thought-provoking events by holding the Fourth Annual Potential to Power Girls Symposium at Fordham University, on May 22nd, 2017. This year’s Symposium will engage a diverse group of 300 girls (250 high school / 50 middle school) from all over New York City and 50 women leaders in the corporate, civic, and social justice sectors. Trans girls and gender nonconforming youth are welcome!

The Symposium will unite intergenerational and multiracial voices to promote understanding, dialogue and social action on critical issues facing girls in New York City. This year’s theme, RISE, MOBILIZE, EDUCATE & ACTIVATE, emphasizes the event’s commitment to uniting diverse girls to develop their collective leadership. The exciting day will be filled with youth-centered performances, dialogues, teach-ins, workshops, marketplace and an exchange of ideas.

Symposium workshops will revolve around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Activism, Math and more! Girls will boldly discuss their unique perspectives, needs and challenges and identify opportunities for action to expand their leadership as gender justice advocates in their own communities.  The lively discussions will also generate ideas and insights for our CEO, Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, who is also the Co-Chair of the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative.

Over the past three years, the event has included women of influence from media, entertainment, law, academia and business. Past notable attendees included Lieutenant Governor 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.

The YWCA NYC’s Potential to Power Girls Symposium is a prime example of how the 158-year-old organization remains at the forefront of civic discourse on gender equality and justice. By engaging and empowering the next generation of female leadership, we hope to see increased awareness, public discourse and funding on gender equity in New York City and across the nation.

About YWCA of the City of New York (YW)

Founded in 1858, YWCA of the City of New York (YWCA NYC) is one of the nation’s oldest nonprofits with a unique, combined model of direct service that informs advocacy and thought leadership efforts, including the groundbreaking Young Women’s Initiative. YWCA NYC is committed to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, through community-based programs and advocacy efforts that partner with community members to produce results. While independently operated, YWCA NYC is connected to sister YWCAs serving 25 million people in 120 countries. YWCA NYC serves neighborhoods with high rates of poverty through: Early Learn programs; after-school services for elementary, middle and high school students; STEM and Leadership initiatives; and High School, College and Career Readiness programs. Our programs promote self-efficacy, agency and resiliency in youth and reaches beyond school, impacting families, neighborhoods and the city at large.