Posted: Feb 25, 2012 4:06 PM by Dennis Carlson (KBZK Bozeman)
BOZEMAN- A local non-profit works to help Montana's young women chart a course for the future.
Over 200 eighth to twelfth grade female students from 34 Montana communities gathered at MSU-Bozeman to take part in a number of workshops and to hear from Montana leading ladies Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and MSU President Waded Cruzado.
Sponsored by Bozeman's Thrive, the seventh Annual "Girls For A Change Conference" is designed to empower girls for their future. Organizers say they want to help the girls identify their assets as well as inspire them to share what they have learned with other girls and their communities.
Vanessa Skelton is the Girls For A Change Program Manager and we asked her about the program's emphasis on girls in eighth through twelfth grades.
"It tends to be when things heat up for them socially, and they have to make a lot of difficult choices throughout those years, so we hope that girls for change kind of empowers them to know who they are what they want out of life and do what they need to do to achieve their dreams."
Event organizers say they'll be handing out a series of Youth Community Impact Grants for the young ladies to take back home to create projects for positive change in their communities.