Student Report: My experience at Young Women’s Health and Leadership Summit


By Emiah James, class of 2014

In March, I joined a dozen female classmates from Life Learning Academy in attending the 2014 Young Woman’s Health and Leadership Summit, sponsored by UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

We attended workshops on relationships, sexuality, self defense and fitness.  There were also information booths where we could express ourselves, and take away pamphlets and free gifts.

For me the conference showed me that a lot of girls go through the same things I do. Even though we are different, we share similar situations.

“I realized that as young women we have a lot of power, and we are capable of accomplishing more than society expects of us.”

Motivational speakers at the event, including Congresswoman Jackie Speier, called on all of us to keep our confidence, and to stay strong as young women. At our group tables, we complimented one another recognizing the strength in each of us.

During the “open mic” portion of the day, we stepped outside our comfort zone and sang songs, shared poetry and delivered inspirational messages.

One thing I know is that I want to be successful, stable, and positive. I want to have peace in my heart and balance in my life.

This event was offered in conjunction with LLA’s participation in UCSF’s Women Health Innovators Project coordinated by UCSF Health Educator Judy Young and LLA mentor Josie Najera.

For more info and to enroll in next year’s summit, visit the conference website.