Girl Developers' Summit in Ypsilanti

YPSILANTI – “New” is the best word to describe this year’s Girl Developers’ Summit.
“We are going to be in Ypsilanti and we have all but two new presenters,” said Mariela Rua, Adult Recruitment and Education Specialist for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan and Summit coordinator. “The majority of the presenters are from the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor community and for me this is a huge challenge to be somewhere new with more opportunities.”
The Summit is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 23 at Eastern Michigan University and is open to the general public as well as girls and adult volunteers. It features experts who will discuss topics such as autism, bullying and healthy lifestyle choices.
Rua said at the suggestion of parents who have attended previous Summits, the girl-focused programming will also be at EMU. She said the Summit is a great opportunity to access information pertinent to the lives of girls in one place.
“GSHOM is the “go to” organization for girls and for the issues girls face today,” Rua said. “We are their support and we are partnering with the presenters to have all this knowledge.
“Our adult volunteers frequently tell us that they are learning more than the girls at times.”
The topics to be covered at the Summit are designed to give adults the knowledge they need to help girls face and overcome challenges they will encounter as they navigate an ever-changing world. At the same time, girls will have access to information that will help them to be self-confident and able to make good decisions.
Rua said the Summit supports GSHOM’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place.
“In one day adults will get all of the resources they need as girl developers and explore all of the issues and challenges that the majority of middle school girls face,” Rua said. “It’s never too early to learn about these issues. We all need to be aware and prepared.”
To register or to get more information about the Girl Developers Summit, visit the GSHOM website at gshom.org.