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Shelley Mayer
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Assemblymember Mayer and Community Co-sponsors, YWCA of Yonkers and Hope, Healing and Growth, Inc. Host Yonkers Young Women’s Leadership Initiative
August 30, 2012

Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (D- 93rd AD) and community co-sponsors, YWCA of Yonkers and Hope, Healing and Growth, Inc., announce that they are hosting a Yonkers Young Women’s Leadership Initiative. The day of mentoring, networking and leadership development, with Paula Palmer Green, will be held on September 22nd from 10AM-2PM at Ridge Hill (conference room of WESTMED, 73 Market St). Yonkers young women, ages 13-17, will have the opportunity to develop their own success plans, as well as learn from public and private sector leaders in their community. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Mayer said, “It is so important that we encourage young women’s ambitions and help them develop plans for achieving their goals. This event is one opportunity for the young women of Yonkers to learn from other women in their community, as well as develop plans for reaching their goals.”

“As a Hispanic Woman who was raised by a strong Puerto Rican mother, I know how important it is to have strong female role models in pursuing our goals. I am excited to listen to these young women and share my experiences with them,” said Sobeida Cruz, panelist and President & Chair of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.

Juanita Lewis, Community Organizer, Community Voices Heard and panelist, explained, “As a community organizer, I understand the importance of helping and working to build your community. I see mentoring young women especially young women of color as a way of building the community and passing the torch to the next generation."

Paula Palmer Green, US Department of Labor YouthBuild & Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Program Consultant, explained, “Investing in our youth yields generational returns.”

"As an African-American woman who grew up in the inner city, I know how important women's leadership and ambition are. Young women need to be provided opportunities to explore, develop skills, and network. I am thrilled to be able to help young women in that capacity." Chereese Jervis-Hill, panelist and President & Founder of Events To Remember, explained.

Geri Brown, Director of Marketing, Forest City Enterprises and one of the panelists for the event, explained, "It is critical that, along with their education, young women are exposed to the many options before them in the work world. Speaking with women who have traveled a path that sparks their interest opens up to them a world of possibility. I am thrilled to offer my own experiences to share with these young women."

To register for this free event please contact Dwanita Crosby at 914-419-5085, or pick up a registration form at the YWCA of Yonkers, 87 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701, Monday-Friday 3:30-6:00PM.

For legislative issues you may contact Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer in her district office at 914-779-8805

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