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15TH ANNUAL S2S SUMMIT
It will soon be your once a year OPPORTUNITY to attend the Sister-to-Sister Summit! All middle school girls are invited to hang out for a day with high school girls: come and meet our experts on all things girl and experience the special activities they have planned for you. Check back in 2014!
The Summit will be March 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bentley School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, Lafayette. Applications must be received by March 17. The cost is $45. Need-based scholarships are available on request.
The Sister-to-Sister summits were developed by the AAUW Educational Foundation in order to hear in girls' voices about the issues that affected their lives. Branches across the U.S sponsored Sister-to-Sister Summits, gathering data that was then published in the study "Voices of a Generation: Teenage Girls on Sex, School and Self."
AAUW-OML was not part of the study, but used the format which features a morning and afternoon discussion group for each girl, interspersed with games, speakers, and other activities. We have tweaked the format over the years to fit our suburban community. For example, issues of gang violence are not part of our landscape, but academic pressure and stress are huge issues in our college-bound suburban teen population. In collaboration with high school girls, we create a positive environment for girls to enjoy themselves and share their stories in a community of sisterhood.
Middle School Girls' Small Group Discussions
The key component of each Summit are the small groups which allow the younger girls to bring their concerns to slightly older girls and the group to discuss, gain different points of view, and learn new strategies. In order to lead these small group discussions, the high school girls are taught facilitation skills which include listening, dealing with different personalities, managing group dynamics, and learning questioning skills to take the conversation deeper. No adults sit in on the group discussions, so the training must be as in depth as possible in the time allotted. Professional corporate trainers and consultants have developed the training program.
By promoting healthy decision making we are empowering youth to make positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others. Research shows that youth with high self esteem are more likely to have healthy relationships, to resist drugs and alcohol, and have a lower incidence of eating disorders. The Sister-to-Sister model allows girls to explore issues that are important to them in a safe and supportive environment that differs from their everyday experience.
- Please contact Laura at (925) 788-0901 or Valarie at (925) 997-0118 or email us.
- Read our "Frequently Asked Questions" about Sister-to-Sister.
- Read a Lamorinda Weekly article by a young woman who attended the Sister-to-Sister Summit as a middle school student and was a high school facilitator at the 2011 Summit. Also, view the LamorindaWeb.com article about the then upcoming 2011 Summit.