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February 2014
Webinars    

We  have two webinars being planned for this spring. Topics include peer education to promote preconception health and communication strategies for reaching young adults with reproductive life planning messages.  Stay tuned for details coming your way soon! 

 

We had a great series of seminars this past fall on a variety of exciting topics.  If you didn't get a chance to tune in, it isn't too late! Just click here to access all the archived webinars. 

Status of Girls  
The Status of GirlsMeredith College has released The Status of Girls in North Carolina, focusing on the data and dynamics that affect girls' lives, including poverty, education, media, physical & mental health, & civic engagement. Check out the video above and access the full report here.
 Another resource for reports and information on girls and women in the US is through the Institute for Women's Policy Research. IWPR analyzes data on a wide range of indicators at the local, state, national, and international levels, including economic security,  political participation, and access to health care. The State of Girls: Unfinished  
Business
is the latest report on the key issues and major trends affecting girls' healthy development in the US from the Girl Scout Research Institute. For more information, please click here.   
More Blogs from Young Women & Girls 
 
It is critical for those of us in professional roles that affect the lives of women and girls to listen to the voices of young women and girls so that we can be informed of the issues that are important to them. Here are websites and blogs from young women and girls on topics that affect their everyday lives:  GirlsInc. Online  shows girls how to discover and get excited about their
potential. Girls can create a profile with an avatar and show what makes them strong, smart, and bold. fbomb is a blog created for teenage girls who care about their rights as women and want to be heard. Teen Voices supports and educates teen girls to
amplify their voices and create social change through media.   gen eff provides information to adolescents and young adults to raise health care and risk awareness.
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The opinions expressed in these websites and blogs are not necessarily the opinions of the Every Woman Southeast Coalition
ACA Resources 
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As the deadline to sign-up for healthcare approaches, uninsured young women should be encouraged to sign-up. New plans are now covering preventive screenings including contraceptive counseling. It is important for young women to know that preventive care is available and accessible, especially in the South, to know. Talking points are available from Kaiser Health News. Click here to view the article. 
Check Out Our Blog!
This month we hear from our Fellow about her impressions as a first time attendee of the AMCHP conference. Click here to read her post.

 Hear Their Voices!  

Empowering Girls and Young Women

 
Young women and girls face unique, everyday challenges that, without empowerment, mentorship, and intervention, can lead to adverse health outcomes. As presented in the Omega Women's Leadership Center blog post, girls and young women of today have opportunities in education, are encouraged to be problem solvers, and are amplifying their voices through social media. But gender inequities and stereotypes persist, playing a significant role in the issues that impact young women and girls.
 
Fortunately, there are a campaigns and programs  across the country that are giving young women and girls the opportunity to develop their potential through leadership trainings, civic engagement programs, and youth project funding initiatives. These activities are available in a variety of topic areas and sectors. This issue of the EWSE newsletter will highlight exciting groups, blogs, and campaigns that are developed for or lead by young women and young feminists.

GirlZone.com is a community for teen girls that provides articles and advice about their lives, with fun and interactive games, fashion, fitness, cooking, health, relationships, DIY, book/music/movie/tech reviews and lots of quizzes.  

Tell Them is a program of the New Morning Foundation - a statewide, reproductive health-focused foundation based in Columbia, South Carolina. It is an online network of advocates who are provided with reproductive health information and resources, with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of underserved young people who live in rural communities.

Feministing is an
online community for feminists and their allies. The community aspect of Feministing exists to better connect feminists online and off, and to encourage activism.

The Girls Leadership Institute teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world. GLI offers camps and workshops designed to teach girls, educators, and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression.

Who Needs Feminism? is a campaign developed by students from Duke University to change the negative perceptions around feminism. Their website houses a guide on how to start an online campaign and encourages other students to engage in conversations about feminism and why it's needed.

FRIDA| The Young Feminist Fund is a new initiative that funds and strengthens the participation and leadership of young feminist activists globally. The Fund is a collaborative effort between the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), The Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres/Central American Women's Fund (FCAM), and an experienced group of young feminist activists from different regions of the world.

The Young Women of Color Leadership Council is composed of young women of color, leaders, and activists, who have come together to promote a message of prevention and empowerment.  
2014 AMCHP Annual Conference:
EWSE Made A Splash!    
 
We would like to THANK the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) for their great partnership and for putting on an excellent conference. It was wonderful to connect and engage with national experts, MCH leaders from across the country, and our partners with the coalition and the National Preconception Health and Healthcare Initiative. It was exciting and affirming to hear leaders reinforce the importance of incorporating health equity into our work in MCH. As part of the AMCHP awards session, young MCH professionals are recognized for excellence in their work. One such leader, Jenny Baker, from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, used her acceptance speech as to advocate to national leaders that adult involvement be considered a national indicator given its significant role as a protective factor for adolescents.  She also urged leaders to fully engage young people in committees and to listen to what they have to say. This is a great example of young women professionals using their talents to effect change.

We received a lot of positive feedback and interest during our poster presentation of EWSE's Women's Voices Survey. We also provided a platform for cross-regional networking during the presentations by our pilot projects. Our presentations will soon be archived on the AMCHP conference website - stay tuned. If you attended our sessions during the conference, click here for information on receiving continuing education credit.                   

Tell Us What YOU Think!  

   

How do you engage young professionals? How do you incorporate positive youth development in your programs that are geared towards young women and girls?  We'd love to share any resources - books, websites, apps, etc - that you find useful! 

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