Chaeli Diaz joins the GEN team! Ring the bell!

Chaeli Diaz has joined Girls Empowerment Network as Communications Assistant/UT Student Worker in GEN’s Austin office. We’re so excited that Chaeli has joined our team, and recently interviewed her so that we could share more about her background and passions with our community.

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Felicia Gonzalez
Volunteer Spotlight: Kierrah Holliday

Kierrah Holliday is our October Volunteer of the Month! Congratulations Kierrah!

“Kierrah is a FIRECRACKER of a volunteer! From working with high school girls in our Pathfinder program to working with elementary school girls in our Girl Connect program, Kierrah finds a way to meaningfully connect with any girl, of any age. Kierrah extends her reach even further by sitting on our Youth Advisory Board, and even serving as last year’s president, which is a made up of young ages 14-24. Kierrah exudes ambition, hard work, and authenticity” says Chelsea Dean-Martinez, Program Coordinator.

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Felicia Gonzalez
Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Furr

Laura Furr is our September Volunteer of the Month! Congratulations Laura!

“Laura was an incredible co-facilitator because she was so genuinely interested in the girls and loved talking with them/getting to know them. She helped me immensely by handing out passes to group members, leading check-in, reinforcing guidelines, and contributing to discussion. The girls at Bertha Sadler Means looked up to Laura and missed her when she was unable to be at group. Thank you, Laura, for your leadership and friendship the past two years,” says Chloé LaPorte, GEN Program Coordinator.

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Felicia Gonzalez
Volunteer Spotlight: Clarisa Ramirez

Clarisa Ramirez is our Volunteer of the Month for August! Congratulations Clarisa!

Clarisa began volunteering with GEN in 2007 as a chauffeuse (female chauffeur)  for high school girls to and from programs. In 2014, Clarisa began helping out with Pathfinder. She chaired the GENthusiast Society (now the Girl Advocacy League), and helped it grow to over 175 members. She now serves as a GAL’s liaison to the board, as well as a GEN board member.

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Felicia Gonzalez
Young Women to Watch

We here at GEN love sharing and promoting the amazing work that young women and girls are doing in their local, national, and even global communities. Here are ten young women to keep your eye on; we can’t wait to see what GENcredible things they do next!

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Felicia Gonzalez
Women in Medicine: A Medical Mission Trip to Haiti

When I stepped out of the plane onto the dusty ground of Haiti, I had no idea the empowerment and knowledge that I would gain from the trip. My first view of Haiti was the dilapidated houses stacked on top of one another, the trash that seemed to litter every small nook and cranny of the structures, and the sheer amount of people sitting in the hot sun, watching the traffic go by. It was all very much to take in; how could we expect to change the lives of these people? However, through the course of the week, I learned from some of the most strong and confident female doctors, and more importantly, I was able to have hope for a better future for Haitians.

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Felicia Gonzalez
5 Ways That Students Can Be Politically Active

In March, the Girl’s Empowerment Network hosted Girl’s Advocacy Day with the goal of inspiring young people to become involved in politics, whether that’s on a local or national level. This event was particularly important considering the rise of student activism that has resulted after the Parkland school shooting. More high school and middle students have now realized that just because they can’t vote doesn’t mean that they don’t have a say in legislation.

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Felicia Gonzalez
Meet the Summer 2018 GENterns!

School may be out for the summer, but our newest interns are just getting started here at the Girl’s Empowerment Network. In this blog post, we want to introduce you to our fabulous and fierce group of gals that will be helping everything run smoothly this summer at GEN.

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Felicia Gonzalez