My Quest To Teach

February 25, 2014

Empowering Girls Empowers The World

Empowering Girls Empowers The World

Girls are becoming engaged in areas they would not
have dreamed of exploring 10 to 20 years ago. Schools,
businesses, industries, technology and the opportunity
to be successful entrepreneurs have opened doors to
girls and women as never before seen or experienced.

History is laced with women that are trailblazers in
fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and
Mathematics: STEAM. The successes for women
and their influences are inspired by role models that
range from; Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree),
Barbara Charline Jordan, Sarah Jane Woodson
Early (first African American College Professor)
and numerous others in career fields that were
once dominated by men are now being challenged
by women that are intelligent, talented and creative.

The sky is the limit for girls and women as educational
resources and access to higher educational schools,
vocational opportunities and even advancement in
military service is accelerating the learning curve of
girls and women. The expectations for success are
higher and more demanding in a global economy that
is laced with technology innovation and emerging
technologies, women mentioned in Internet sites
are shown making valuable and long lasting contributions
to their cultures, the nation and the world.

There are still gaps in achievement for girls and boys,
parents working with educators and administrators
can make significant changes in behaviors and perceptions
that play a part in a girls inner vision of their abilities
and promotion of their talents. Stated by Professor Else-Quest,
University of Maryland “Despite gender similarities in
math and science achievement, female adolescents
tend to believe their science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) abilities are just not as strong
as those of their male classmates.”

Expectation continue to rise for girls and woman,
Jenny Parkes, senior lecturer in education at the Institute
of Education, University of London, said there are marked
changes in girls’ achievement in the latter half of the
20th century, in part thanks to successful influence of
the way girls view themselves from successful women
like Mae Jamison and Stephanie Wilson Black
astronauts with NASA.

The upcoming summit in Jacksonville, Florida:
Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Summit (Empowering Our
Youth for a Brighter Future Summit), is an opportunity in
Jacksonville, Florida for middle school students to gain
valuable tools that help in understanding and mastering
their abilities and talents.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc.
is inviting parents and their children to spend a few hours meeting
new friends and developing leadership skills, all while having fun.
This one day event will take place at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle
School on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.,
located at 1424 Franklin St, Jacksonville, FL 32206.

The theme is: Building a Foundation for Tomorrow’s Leaders.
The Emerging Young Leaders Program, is a national initiative of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has four core components,
Leadership Development; Character Building; Educational Enrichment;
and Civic Engagement.

The EYL Empowering Our Youth for a Brighter Future Summit is
open to 6th, 7th, and 8th, grade Middle School girls, and parents,
in the Jacksonville, Florida area and neighboring cities. A morning
snack and lunch will be provided.

This event is FREE and registration is required. All middle school
students and parents must COMPLETE and RETURN the
Registration Form and Health History Release Form to be selected.
Selected middle school students must commit to attending
The Emerging Young Leaders Community
Summit and participating in the day’s events.

Transportation to and from the event will not be provided.
Our participants will engage in workshops on character building,
health and wellness, educational choices, leadership, civic engagement,
and other fun events and activities! Also, there will be three informative
and helpful workshops for parents/guardians.

Please complete the Registration Form and return with your child’s
To register online go to –
Questions or need additional information, contact
Ms. Chanteya Lawrence or Ms. Shola Smith at


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc.
EYL Youth Summit Registration
1011 West 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209
South Atlantic Region Meeting Information


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