Young Women + Education = Power
Young Women + Education = PowerAndrew Elwell, Director, Communications
With more than 250 million Latinas in the United States and projections putting them at 15 percent of the population by 2050, the education of Latinas has never been more important than it is today. At Prepárate, attendees heard first-hand from six inspiring Latina students.
The students —from The Young Women’s Leadership Network CollegeBound Initiative and The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in New York City, Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernadino, CA, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ — shared their passion for STEM, praised their mentors and support systems, and asked the more than 100 educators in attendance to encourage their students.
The young women drew plenty of well-earned praise for their stories and successes. Several audience members were so moved that they were brought to tears, and many took to social media to share their thoughts. Here are some highlights from this powerful panel:
"I didn't have a Latina coder to look up to, so I want to be that for younger girls" - incredible HS student. #Preparate16— Jennifer Rosenthal (@jenn_rosenthal)
"Adults told me to do what they hadn't done... Focus on education." - Student from Spanish Harlem, found passion via teachers. #Preparate16— Jennifer Rosenthal (@jenn_rosenthal)
Sin cultura, no hay libertad. #Preparate16— Lorena (@MsLorenaMarquez)
Latinas in education: The more educated we are, the more empowered ... Makes us free!- Diana Gonzalez #Preparate16— LatinoUCollegeAccess (@LatinoUAccess)
As women, our voice is often silenced. Especially as Latinas we don't get empowered so we need to make sure to encourage others #Preparate16— Lorena (@MsLorenaMarquez)