Young Women LEAD - Transforming Girls' Lives through Empowerment and Leadership
Abstract: Young Women LEAD is a movement to build confidence and success by providing high school girls with life-changing experiences to inspire and empower themselves as leaders. This interactive presentation will feature outcomes and lessons learned from 10 years, 48 live events, and 33,500 high school girls empowered through the collaborative Young Women LEAD Conference. More than 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks. 30% of girls who have a grade point average of 4.0 or above do not think they are smart enough for their dream careers. Their insecurities are holding them back from pursuing their dreams. More than half of all girls say that girls don’t consider a career in STEM because of lack of confidence. Young Women LEAD is working to address these inequities by empowering high school girls to embrace their strengths and to reach their full potential by providing free live events that foster their leadership development, career exploration, and growth. Whether the events are delivered online or in person, girls hear exceptional keynote speakers who discuss why it is imperative they build self-awareness, confidence, and self-esteem. Girls interact in breakout sessions where they can meet girls who are going through similar issues, even if on the surface they have little in common. YWL affords them the opportunity to interact with peers they may never have met - girls from various backgrounds.
Presider: Thomas Schröter, University of Würzburg, Chair of School Pedagogy