Queens Community House hosts 22nd annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference – QNS.com
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Over 70 young women presented the workshops they had been working on for months to family, friends, colleagues and participants last Saturday as part of Queens Community House’s Access for Young Women (AFYW) program at the 22nd Annual of Young Women’s Leadership in Forest Hills. Conference.
AFYW offers an intensive 30-week leadership development program for young women ages 12-18, including training in public speaking, problem solving, goal setting and to critical thinking.
The program culminates with the annual conference organized and hosted by young women to educate their peers and raise awareness on issues that matter to them.
Keynote speaker at the conference was Beth Kobliner, two-time New York Times bestselling author of “Make Your Kid a Money Genius (even if you’re not)” and “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties ”. In a conversation moderated by two AFYW program participants, Kobliner provided practical advice to young participants on day-to-day finances and answered important questions from the audience about college finances and how to break the salary cap between sexes.
After the speech, participants were invited to attend a number of workshops designed and facilitated by young women, on topics covered such as feminism, colorism within the AAPI community, homelessness awareness , the daily fear of women and struggles for LGBTQ identification. people.
“It was very inspiring to see so many strong young women talking about the issues that prevail in our community,” said Tanveer Dhilon, a high school student who has participated in AFYW for three years. “Presenting to members of our community allowed me to express my voice and empower those around me.”
AFYW program coordinator Taylor Faiella said she was inspired by the youth in the program.
“Their acceptance of others and their motivation to make the world a more inclusive place should be an example to others,” Faileea said.
Queens Community House is a full service settlement house committed to serving the diverse neighborhoods of Queens, serving more than 25,000 children, youth, adults and seniors annually.
Through an extensive network of programs operating in 32 locations in 14 Queens neighborhoods, the organization provides Borough residents with a support system needed at every stage of life, helping them build their knowledge, confidence and skills. skills to change their lives for the better and become active participants. in the wider community.