United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) will host the "Women In Power" Conference on Saturday, October 9th from 9am-3pm at Kean University. UWGUC is a recipient of the 2010 Linking Juvenile Females to Resources and Services grant from the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. More than 300 "at-risk" juveniles ages 13-17 are expected to participate. The conference will service young women from across the State of New Jersey, residing in Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Union, and Warren counties.

A variety of workshops will be offered covering topics designed to empower young women and provide them with the resources they need to make responsible decisions. Conference topics include: healthy lifestyles, relationships, goals and visions, positive body image and self-esteem, etiquette and professionalism just to name a few.

"The Juvenile Justice Commission is pleased to be able to fund important programs such as the United Way of Greater Union County's Women in Power conference through the Governor's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee," said Executive Director Veleria N. Lawson. "By empowering young women and giving them the tools they need to succeed in today's world, we can show them the many opportunities that lie ahead of them, and keep them out of the juvenile justice system and on the road to success."

"This conference is an exceptional opportunity to build skills and establish lifelong relationships that are integral to a new generation of women leaders," stated James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. "We are grateful for the opportunity that the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission has provided us to meet the needs of the young women in our communities."

Girls are invited to register online for this free conference at: www.uwguc.org/womeninpower. Early registration is encouraged. For conference information or additional questions please contact Tenisha Malcolm at tenisha.malcolm@uwguc.org  or 908-353-7171 ext. 136.