PATERSON, N.J. - Paterson will be the home this Saturday to the 2nd Annual Leadership and Success Summit for high school girls, according organizations involved in the event.
The program will begin with keynote speaker state Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) who will share her personal story and thoughts on leadership, said a statement from the Garden State Woman Education Foundation and Oasis, a non-profit organization in Paterson that strives to "change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need."
The event will take place at the Oasis headquarters at 59 Mill Street from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is free but pre-registration is required at www.oasisnj.org.
“We are thrilled our friend Shavonda Sumter will be able to join us at the Summit,” said Oasis Executive Director Jennifer Brady. “She is a great role model for the young women of our city - a Paterson native who has championed the city and has accomplished great things. We look forward to her reflections on leadership and success.”
Oasis Teen Program Coordinator Brianna Luongo along with Shikha Shah, an Oasis social worker, is organizing the half-day event. “It’s going to be a jam-packed and fun-filled day,” said Shah.
Among the topics to be discussed will be self-esteem and empowerment, education and careers in STEM, how to avoid phishing, fraud and scams, and ways to begin planning for your future.
Breakfast and lunch will be included, as well as activities like zumba and mixed martial arts. Door prizes will be raffled and all participants will have the opportunity to network with peers and professionals.
Oasis said it is is supported in the endeavor by Judy Chapman, founder of Garden State Woman Education Foundation. “The Oasis program for teenage girls and the commitment of the staff is awe inspiring,” said Chapman. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support the Oasis staff and honored to be a part of their important service.”
All participants must be female and ages 13 to 18 to attend. Space is limited.
The 2nd Annual Leadership and Success Summit is sponsored by the Berkeley College, Horizon NJ Health, the Merkovsky Family and St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.