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“Just Do You,” Is Theme For The Empowering Young Women Conference

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"Just  Do You," is the theme for the 7th Annual Empowering Young Women's Conference to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at Riverside Community College located at 4800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. This free conference, which includes workshops, a fashion show and an Apollo-style Talent Competition, is designed to motivate, educate and empower young women, ages 12 - 21, from the Inland Empire and surrounding communities.   Conference sponsors include The Riverside Black History Committee, Riverside Community College, Kaiser Permanente, Rogan Building Services, Street Style Positive, and the YWCA of Riverside County. 

ImageConference coordinator, Wanda Scruggs, said, "By attending the Empowering Young Women's Conference, participants will be inspired, encouraged and challenged to aim high and achieve their dreams.  They will also receive instruction on how to take care of themselves through self-defense demonstrations.  We invite schools, religious institutions, group homes and all youth organizations to help us reach young women so that they may become more educated and involved in their own future." We encourage participation regardless of color, culture, race and/or background.  The day will be filled with knowledgeable speakers, great food, and valuable information.  And we will have fun as well.  The Talent Show is sure to be entertaining and only 25 contestants will be able to participate.  Deadline to sign up for the talent show is Tuesday, March 20, 2007.   General registration will be taken at the door.

The conference is purposely free, as our goal is to remove all participation barriers for the young women. We are inviting the public to "SPONSOR A GIRL FOR A DAY" for only $10.00. Your tax-deductible contribution has the potential to impact the future of one girl for years to come.

The Empowering Young Women's Conference will be led by dynamic keynote speakers and workshop leaders who are physicians, educators, and professional women from all walks of life.  Highlighted workshops are designed for girls and mothers/guardians alike.  Conference topics will address college and career preparation, building self-esteem, personal health and making healthy choices, substance abuse, domestic violence, self-defense demonstrations designed especially for women, and other topics important to the development of today's total young woman.   A panel highlighting communicating with your teen and tell-tell signs of drug use, abuse and depression will be available for mothers or guardians.

"Entertaining and educational" are the words used by Riverside Black History Committee Founder, Dell Roberts, to describe the conference. The 2007 conference promises to be the best yet!   Over 200 young women are expected to attend.  The encore fashion show will be produced by fashion coordinator, Anne Rogan, who through her practical fashion sense, makes sure that anyone can dress for success on a shoestring budget.

All conference participants will receive a free breakfast, lunch, canvas tote bag and opportunities for great door prizes.  The young women attending the 7th Annual Empowering Young Women's Conference will know, at the end of the day, that they are above average and well-equipped to tackle any challenges that life presents them!

For talent show or registration information, please call:  (951) 242-7746 or visit http://www.blackhistorycommittee.org

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