"Yes She Can!" Girls Education Summit Recap
Nakisha Lewis is the Program Manager at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. She attended the "Yes We Can!" summit in New York last week and shares some highlights and photos from the event below:
On Friday August 17th over 200 young women gathered at The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women in Brooklyn NY for the “Yes She Can! Girls Take Back Their Education” summit hosted by the Brooklyn Girls Collaborative. The full day summit included speeches from young female activists and a host of workshops focused on empowering young women to use their voice in shaping their education. Workshops were led by Girls Incorporated of New York City, HEAT, Girls for Gender Equity, The Center for Anti-Violence Education, Realize Your Beauty, The Resilience Advocacy Project, viBe Theater Experience, iHollaback, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Center, Catchafire, Ali Forney Center, NYC Great Debaters, Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, A Young Mother's D.R.E.A.M., Scenarios USA, Urban Word NYC, Haitian-American Community Coalition, Inc., Girl Scouts of Greater New York, and the Brooklyn Cooperative Credit Union!
One of the highlights of the day was the afternoon keynote, delivered by Councilwoman Letitia James (District 35 - New York City). She encouraged the young women not to give up when faced with adversity and to push through obstacles even when others stand in their way. She reminded them that education is the key to stomping out all sorts of "-isms" and that educating girls is not just the right thing to do but the smart thing to do. The day wrapped up with a Town Hall discussion moderated by Michaela Angela Davis and featured Natasha Adams, a youth organizer with Girls for Gender Equity who appeared the Melissa Harris Perry Show on Aug. 20th.
We will keep you updated as we get more pictures and perspectives on the event!