Conference Take-Aways: A Unified Voice in the Fight for Women and Girls

A- A A+

Conference Take-Aways: A Unified Voice in the Fight for Women and Girls

by Amanda Larson
Girls Inc. Coordinator, YWCA Madison, Wisc.

Amanda Larson

An incredible opportunity was bestowed on me just days before the YWCA’s National Conference. As a young woman in our organization, I was given the chance to fly to Washington, D.C., and participate in a very powerful event, the 2012 YWCA National Conference. YWCA staff, board and volunteers from across the country met to voice our commitment to our mission: eliminating racism and empowering women. There I realized a significant fact: I am part of the fight for women. During Capitol Hill Day, I felt honored to have the chance to have a voice on legislative issues that affect our ability to practice our mission. The YWCA mission is especially dear to me. As the Girls Inc. Coordinator, I see the importance of empowering girls every day. I won’t soon forget the experience of being a part of that conversation on a national level.

Twenty-five young women received the opportunity to attend the national meeting and I enjoyed meeting different people from YWCAs around the country. Most of the young women I met work in completely different jobs than I do, but they too hold a deep connection to our organizations and mission. Through social media, I’ve already connected with many of the great women I met. I was introduced to other passionate leaders who have been with the organization a long time.  YWCA USA used an intelligent strategy to bring those “new” and “old” to the organization together and together we can’t lose!

Amanda Larson is the Girls Inc. Coordinator for YWCA Madison, Wisconsin. Amanda has worked with underserved youth for over 10 years and currently works with teen girls in a high-risk neighborhood, implementing curriculum and programming that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.  Girls Inc. programming is designed to show young women their value and potential and help them lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

7 responses to “Conference Take-Aways: A Unified Voice in the Fight for Women and Girls

  1. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of
    your post’s to be just what I’m looking for.
    Does one offer guest writers to write content for you personally?
    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write related to here.
    Again, awesome web site!

  2. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your
    stuff previous to and you are just too excellent.
    I really like what you have acquired here, certainly
    like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it.

    You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it
    sensible. I cant wait to read much more from you.
    This is really a terrific site.

  3. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?


  4. I was recommended this blog by my cousin.
    I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no
    one else know such detailed about my difficulty. You are incredible!

  5. Awesome blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a
    little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free
    platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out
    there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations?
    Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *