By Mac Christie, Flamborough Review
The “Be Brave and Bloom” virtual career support conference for secondary school girls and non-binary youth in Flamborough will be held Saturday, Feb. 6.
The free event is a partnership between Healthy Youth Network, Soroptimist International Club of Dundas, Ancaster and Flamborough and Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge and is aimed at empowering high school-aged girls to pursue career goals and reach their full potential. The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Partridge said the live conference — which she encouraged all students and young women to participate in — will provide attendees with access to professional role models and career education and resources and promote self-esteem and good health, encouraging them to live their dreams.
“The benefits we learn in supporting young women and their futures will empower our community in so many ways,” she said in a press release. “I am delighted to invite the young women in Flamborough to this conference to learn how to reach your full potential and live your dreams.
“By helping you reach your goals, we reach ours.”
In previous years the Soroptimist club led a Dream It, Be It program over seven weeks in a small-group discussion format with the Girls Respect Group after-school program at Waterdown District High School (WDHS). As part of the Soroptimist International Dream It, Be It programming and curriculum, girls will learn how to create achievable goals, rise above obstacles, balance stress and enjoy a variety of activities designed for empowering them to reach their full potential.
Since 2016, they have also supported the Women’s Day breakfast in partnership with Healthy Youth Network (previously Healthy Community ~ Healthy Youth), financially and through coaching and planning to support the girls achieving their vision for the event.
“It is our pleasure to be working with Healthy Youth Network in offering this one-day conference for girls and nonbinary youth in the Flamborough community,” said Barb McCoy, Soroptimist International Club of Dundas, Ancaster and Flamborough president. “Our Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls targets secondary school students who face obstacles in their future success.
“This session will provide access to professional role models, career education and resources to live their dream.”
Meanwhile, Healthy Youth Network executive director and founder Penny Deathe said in a press release that the organization is excited to team up with the Soroptimist Club to bring “much-needed support to girls and nonbinary youth.
“Not only does it align with the Girls Respect Group we launched together at WDHS,” she said, “but supports our commitment to developing programs under our ‘What’s Your Path’ initiative.”
For more information about the event and to register, visit app.gigitmarketplace.com/event/bebraveandbloom.