Just because you're young and can't vote, doesn't mean you can't be heard!
Grassroot Girls has continued its partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William F. Harrah School of Hospitality in empowering young girls to advocate for healthier lives, stronger communities, and a sustainable planet through our advocacy empowerment webinars! This spring we are hosting an inclusive webinar for girls aged 10-17 in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community nationwide. This inclusion will allow the girls to see first hand that their differences do not determine their abilities and that everyone has the right to advocate and raise awareness for causes they feel passionate about. Our partnership has grown to include Nevada Hands & Voices and we look forward to Raising Our Hands & Voices together this spring!
Karen Putz, AKA "The Passion Mentor"- Karen was born with normal hearing, grew up hard of hearing and became deaf from a fall while barefoot water skiing. She's the author of multiple books and will be providing tips to the webinar attendees on how to find their passions as it relates to advocacy.
Assemblywoman Selena Torres, 3rd District, Nevada State Assembly- An educator at heart, Assemblywoman Torres created Cesar Chavez Day in Las Vegas which supports a scholarship fund allowing kids opportunities to pursue higher education. As an assemblywoman, she Ms. Torres serves as Vice Chair of Government Affairs and serves on the Education and Legislative Operations and Elections committees and is currently chair of the Nevada Hispanic Caucus.
Megan Dwyer- Miss Dwyer holds lots of well earned titles: Miss Outstanding Teen, Honor Student , Team Captain for Relay for Life, Student of the Year Candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Northern Nevada Youth Leader for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. While advocating for those impacted by childhood cancer, she has also earned the bronze Governor Points of Light Award for Individual Youth Volunteer and the Elko Chamber of Commerce Youth Volunteer of the Year award.
Tiana Day- Tiana is an 18 yo activist and found of Youth Advocates for Change. Miss Day was recently named one of CNN's 2020 Heros, Young Wonders. She is an advocate for many social justice issues, most notably with her work for within the Black Lives Matters movement. Miss Day was instrumental in conducting and leading the first ever Black Lives Matter March across the Golden Gate Bridge! Her nonprofit, Youth Advocates for Change, has expanded to 7 states and has raised over $26,000 to provide Black youth with scholarships.
Noor Kafala- Noor is a 16 yo advocate for tobacco free youth in California. She is currently the Chair of her school district's Youth Advocacy Council and an ambassador for Tobacco Free Kids. She loves to read, paint, and stay active in community events.
Alexis Jones- Alexis is an 8th grader, a straight A student and a top goalie and scorer on her club soccer team. Alexis also happens to be deaf. Over the past several years, Alexis has used her story to advocate for herself, as well as her younger brother, to drive policy change on issues that directly impact her community. She has testified twice at the Nevada State Legislature, most recently to change the language in the State's constitution and it's references to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Special Guest and Emcee- Cat Brewer!
Cat Brewer has a passion for connecting through communication, education, and advocacy. She has been a teacher for 21 years and has been making a documentary for the last 7 years. She hopes her documentary Sign the Show: Deaf Culture, Access & Entertainment will teach audiences about the challenges faced by the Deaf & HOH community when trying to access things most hearing people take for granted - like a music concert. Ms. Brewer hopes her film will create a cultural shift in the entertainment industry by making live entertainment more accessible to all individuals for a more inclusive world.
This webinar is free but donations would be welcomed and can be applied upon registering!! All donations and sponsorship dollars will be split to advance the missions of Grassroot Girls and Nevada Hands & Voices.
If interested in sponsoring this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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