Sister-to-Sister Summit on November 11, 2017
AAUW’s Sister-to-Sister Summits brings together diverse, adolescent girls to address issues that concern them. This year’s summit explores how the media influences the way girls think about themselves and empowers each girl to build a positive self-image.
AAUW Tarrant County Branch collaborates with school counselors to recruit girls for the summit. This year we are expecting more than 100 middle school girls from nine schools within Fort Worth ISD to participate in our Saturday mentor program aimed at promoting self-esteem and moral values by giving young girls the tools needed to find solutions to their problems. Those in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and goody bag.
Each year we provide training for local college women to facilitate the sessions for the middle school girls. These near peer interactions provide the middle school girls an opportunity to spend a full Saturday interacting in small groups with current college students. Many of our college women volunteer mentors attended the summit themselves as middle school students.
During our first year, we collaborated with one school for our first Summit and held it in a middle school. We now work with nine Fort Worth ISD middle schools and hold the Summit on a college campus.
Several organizations support Sister-to-Sister Summit. Our supporters are Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College Trinity River and North West Campuses, TCU Center for Urban Education, and Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society, which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The Middle School years are a transition from childhood to teen, when girls often encounter problems with self-esteem, academic pressure, drama, temptation, disappointment or rejection. AAUW Sister-to-Sister Summits provide girls the tools to help them deal with these various obstacles, while encouraging them to stay in school, graduate from high school and strive to attend college.
Me, Myself and I – Each girl identifies and develops her positive qualities.
Serene Scene – Explores strategies for dealing with emotions.
The “Me” in the Media – Explores how the media influences the way girls think about themselves.