Girls on the Rise hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Conference at the Sierra Health Foundation on August 7th, 2015 from 9am to 4pm.
This program is a leadership and service program offered to young women from the ages of 14-18 from the South Sacramento area. Their mission is to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their communities. The group participates in political related events, cooking demonstrations, and team up with the Building Healthy Communities Action Team. Throughout the past year, the program secured a garden plot at Oak Park Sol community garden and gave cooking demonstrations utilizing the vegetables, herbs, and fruit that came from their garden
“(Girls on the Rise) is a support education and training group,” says Kristine Lee, a Program Assistant for Girls on the Rise. “We help girls to find the community problems that they are most interested in related to health and community advocacy and help them to disrupt those problems, eliminate them, or just alleviate them.”
This conference was a way to show newcomers and possibly future participants what Girls on the Rise has to offer. It was a free event that included keynote speakers, workshops such as What’s On Your Plate?, Self-Defense, and Cultural Exploration, healthy food, and helpful information.
“This event introduces our work of the year to all the other girls to let them know what nutrition is and the benefits of healthy eating.” said Jo-Lyn Xiong, a Girls on the Rise participant.
To learn more about Girls on the Rise, visit: http://cchwb.org/youth-programs/girls-on-the-rise/