UCSF Summit Empowers Young Women to Be Next Generation of Leaders

By Kevin Eisenmann

More than 200 young women from 20 San Francisco-area high schools will attend a special summit exploring issues that impact their health and goals -- including how to deal with stress, relationship violence, sexuality and birth control, and how to evolve into future leaders.
The Young Women's Health Leadership Summit (YWHLS), sponsored by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), was developed by a committee of young women for young women.
The 9th annual event includes inspirational speakers and performance art. The conference theme is “Woman in the Mirror: Kindle Your Fire, Dream and Inspire!”
Innovations in Young Women’s Health Award is a competition in which SFUSD high school students receive up to $2,000 and technical support to create and implement school-based projects that promote women’s health and wellness. This year’s winning projects range from plays that confront transgender phobia to deejaying workshops meant to encourage self expression. Student leaders will give a brief presentation on their projects at the conference.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 South Airport Boulevard
South San Francisco, CA 94080
The Young Women’s Health Leadership Summit aims to provide information about a wide range of health topics to empower young women with the knowledge and resources to make wise decisions about their health and their futures.
  • Nancy Milliken, MD, Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
  • Carlos A. Garcia, Superintendent of Schools, San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Select students who have agreed to be interviewed.
  • Open mic session from 12 to 1 p.m. featuring student singing, performance art and spoken word
Kevin Eisenmann, UCSF News Office, 415-502-6397. Day of event cell phone: 415-317-4203.
UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.