The 18th Annual Adelante Mujer Conference is scheduled for April 21st at Pasadena City College. This event draws more than 1,500 girls and young women ages 12-21.This conference is designed to inform, encourage and inspire young girls to take school seriously, work hard, make smart choices, think big, plan and prepare for the future,so that they may achieve their career goals and have a positive impact in their lives, their families and communities.
They have a great lineup this year..beginning with the morning keynote speaker, Noramay Cadena, who was a teen mom and went on to earn 3 degrees from MIT. She epitomizes what all girls should recognize - that regardless of the obstacles - you can achieve whatever you want - as long as you put your mind to it, work & study hard.
This year they are focusing on the STEM careers, since that's where the promising jobs are and will be. They are also focusing on 'preparing for college', scholarship opportunities and financial aid, with the miserable state the education budget is in - we need to find all resources available to pursue higher education, because without it, we can't expect to survive, much less thrive in today's economy.
According to the 2012 study released by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) for the United States:
- More than one-third of Latinas have less than a high school education.
- 64% of Latinas only have a high school education or less, 21% have some college or an Associates degree.
- 11% have a Bachelor's degree while only 4% have an advanced degree.
- Latinas have one of the highest poverty rates of women in the labor force:12.1% compared to 12.7% for black, 5.5% for white and 4.9% for Asian women.
They will have the most workshop presenters than ever before - 148 Latina professionals - experts in their fields, who volunteer on a Saturday to provide our young girls with valuable information to help make their college and career journey easier and so they can rise to higher levels.
So please take this opportunity to share this information with the young woman in our commuinity to help them grow. For more information on this event please visit: http://www.adelantemujerlatina.org/