Posted Date: 05/22/2019
La Joya ISD hosted their Girl Power Leadership Conference on Monday, May 20th, 2019 at the La Joya ISD Sports & Learning Complex. Attendees consisted of only girls from Ann Richards Middle School, J.D. Salinas Middle School and Juarez Lincoln High School. This conference serves as a resource and guide for middle school girls to know what to expect their high school years.
Girl Power Leadership Conference works not only with girls, but also with their primary influencers – parents, teachers, and caregivers – to create a sustainable impact. Studies show parents and teachers to be the most powerful resource for girls all the way through high school.
“I think it’s very important that school districts invest in their youth, and I feel that it is important for them to bring back people that have gone through the same struggles, so that the young community can see that they can reach their goal regardless of the hardships. They need someone who they can relate to, someone who they can connect to and some who has gone through the same path as they have.”, stated Nereida Lopez Singleterry 13thCourt of Appeals Hidalgo County & LJISD Alumni.
At La Joya ISD the Girl Power Leadership Program is defined as leadership; knowing who you are, what you believe, and being able to express your beliefs effectively to influence others. We see girls’ everyday relationships with friends, family, and peers as leadership opportunities. At La Joya ISD Leadership isn’t reserved for those few individuals who land in formal roles, such as team captain, or class president, but is a way of life that every girl can live every day. Our goal is to equip every girl with the courage, skills, and community outreach to exercise the power of their voice. A few keynote speakers for this conference included Dr. Gisela Saenz Interim Superintendent for LJISD, Judge Nereida Lopez Singleterry 13thCourt of Appeals Hidalgo County and Veronica Reyes Perez Probation Officer Hidalgo County.
La Joya ISD believes we must teach girls the leadership skills that will serve them over a life-time: self-advocacy, negotiation, compromise, personal responsibility and conflict as an opportunity for change.