PATERSON, NJ – The nonprofit organizations OASIS (A Haven for Women and Children) and Garden State Woman Education Foundation presented their First Annual Leadership and Success Summit for Passaic County High School Girls over the weekend at the Oasis facilities – 59 Mill St., in Paterson.
More than 70 teen girls attended the summit, where they listened to keynote speakers, New Jersey State Senator Nellie Pou and Kaity Rodriguez, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of The Role Model Group and a former Miss New Jersey as well as several other experts speaking on topics such as personal appearance and dressing for success; personal finance; mental health; social media and looking towards their future.
Judy Chapman, Exec. Director and Founder of Garden State Woman Education Foundation opened the summit stating, “It’s so wonderful to see all of you here…we’ve put this program together for you and the first statement I make is that you know we care. And we care that you are successful and successful means education.”
State Senator Pou related to the attendees that “becoming a leader takes more than just confidence and charisma. You show the confidence of going out there and showing the incredible charisma of just moving around …but is also the willingness to help those in need and the humbleness to acknowledge the attitude to do what is right.”
Ms. Rodriguez spoke of the three Ps needed to achieve success: “…positivity, perseverance and preparation. Those are the three keys that have gotten me to achieve some of the things…,” which include being a former Ms. New Jersey, a New York University Magnum Cum Laude graduate with a Master in Social Work, and Founder of the nonprofit organization Role Model Group that helps teen girls develop self-esteem, character and leadership skills.
Attendees also received a Zumba fitness class and mixed martial arts instructions. The actual organization of the event had the leadership of Shikha Shah, Oasis Teen Program Coordinator as well as contributions from Jennifer Brady, Oasis Exec. Director, Jim Walsh, Oasis COO and Director of Youth Development, Kathleen Long, Oasis Director of Development and the cooperation of Bluestone & Killion.
For more information about Oasis, please visit their site www.oasisj.org – Facebook page: Oasis. A Haven for Women and Children – Instagram: Oasis Paterson NJ and Twitter: @OasisPatersonNJ.