March 26, 2009
09-056

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

AAUW Hosts Sister-To-Sister March 28

VALDOSTA - The American Association of University Women will host the 12th Annual Sister-to-Sister Summit from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the University Center on Valdosta State University campus.

Each year, approximately 100 middle school girls from Lowndes and Brooks counties participate in the full-day mentor program aimed at promoting self-esteem and moral values by giving young girls the tools needed to find solutions to their problems. This year’s event will focus on peer pressure and street smarts as well as academic topics like math, science and astronomy. Those in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and goody bag and will also have the opportunity to participate in activities like dancing and campus tours.

“The goal is to address issues that impact the lives of middle school girls, yet cannot be covered under curriculum at most schools,” said Beatriz Potter, Valdosta AAUW president, who added the event wouldn’t be possible without support from local individuals, community organizations and VSU. “These young women are our future and the nurturing provided in programs such as this helps them grow into productive and successful leaders.”

University attorney and AAUW member Laverne Gaskins will speak to the group during a special luncheon and the Victory Over Violence exhibit will be on display throughout the day. Part of a national movement, VOV highlights the teachings of nonviolent leaders, including Mohandas Gandhi, who was often quoted as saying, “passive violence fuels the fire of physical violence.”

The free annual event prepares adolescent girls to be vocal leaders, to ensure their rights are observed and to make certain they have equal opportunities in all arenas of life. Since 1881, the AAUW has promoted equity for all women, lifelong education and positive societal change. It is the oldest national organization for the advancement of women.

Call Potter at (229) 259-5108 or e-mail her at bpotter@valdosta.edu for more information.