"Nurturing and teaching leadership to young teen girls is an important initiative for us,” says Debra Raines, director of mission advancement at the YWCA Princeton.

In partnership with the Alice Paul Institute, the YWCA presents an interactive program, “Alice Paul: Leadership Starts With Me” Boot Camp,” Thursday, March 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at John Witherspoon Middle School for girls ages 13-17

The program is focused on Alice Paul’s leadership style and reflects the YWCA’s mission of empowering women. “Leadership skills developed early in life are critical to becoming an empowered woman as she matures. All teenage girls are encouraged to attend. Girls will develop the positive skills needed for leadership in their own lives. Girls who have a strong sense of themselves are less likely to be bullied or to become victims of abuse,” says Raines.

Alice Paul was the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20th century. Born in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Paul dedicated her life to the single cause of securing equal rights for all women.

During the evening, attendees will experience “Alice Paul Through the Lens of Leadership,” focusing on Paul’s leadership style and ways students can start developing their own leadership identity.

The 90-minute program, developed exclusively for middle and high school girls, provides participants with the message that a leader takes action to create a positive change. The program also seeks to redefine what makes a leader and to be more inclusive of all leadership styles.

Directly following the event at the school, there will be a networking social for participants and their parents in the school cafeteria with refreshments by Starbucks and House of Cupcakes, both of Princeton.

The “Alice Paul: Leadership Starts With Me” Boot Camp marks the start of a new series at the

YWCA Princeton, encouraging young teen girls to find their voice, develop their personal vision, and to learn to lead from positivity in their daily lives.

Princeton resident Laura Connolly, a professional event/conference producer and principal of Trendscapes Media, conceptualized the Leadership Boot Camp series and will be helping the YWCA develop the leadership program. If interested in speaking about leadership topics geared for young teens E-mail Connolly at info@trendscapesmedia.com.

— Jamie Saxon

“Alice Paul: Leadership Starts with Me” Boot Camp, Thursday, March 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., John Witherspoon Middle School, 217 Walnut Lane. Register at www.ywcaprinceton.org/register (class code #1040111) or in person at the YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place. $12; $10 YWCA members. Or contact Debra Raines, director of mission advancement, at 609-497-2100, extension 307.

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