SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit YMCA joined with Summit High School’s 'Y WILD' club to bring a select group of Hilltoppers to the Eighth Annual 'Women in the World Summit' at The Lincoln Center in New York City. The event, held in association with the New York Times, featured women activists, CEO’s, peacemakers, and entrepreneurs, who each shared their personal stories through vivid narratives and provocative discussions which helped to illuminate the many international issues facing women today.

Young women heard from such notable females as MILCK, the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter who performed her original song ‘Quiet’ -- which became the anthem of the Women’s March on Washington DC. Also, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, spoke about raising feminists and Nikki Hailey, US Ambassador to the United Nations, discussed the many challenges with her top diplomatic post. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, celebrated Nigerian author, actress Scarlett Johansson and many others also spoke at this three-day event.

“The Women in the World Summit is a must for everyone to go and see," said said Summit High School Senior, Akanksha Patel. "You get an idea of what these amazingly strong women went through to get where they are today. They are an inspiration to everyone out there. If given a chance, I'd definitely go there again,"

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This collaboration with 'Y WILD' was part of the Summit Area YMCA’s larger initiative to promote the advancement of middle school and high school females through a series of leadership, college and career events. The Summit Area YMCA’s stated commitment to youth development is "to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive."

Other programs include 'Jr. Leader’s Club', 'Shark Tank', 'Achievers' and 'Take Part'. The Y provides services and programs for teens including but not limited to; teaching financial literacy, college and career preparation, business planning, and motivational workshops, as well as fun social events.

The Y's next event, 'G.I.R.L Leadership Workshop', is scheduled for April 28, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at Summit YMCA. Girls ages 10-14 are invited to an interactive workshop that will give them the tools to navigate all kinds of relationships, gain confidence and learn to love themselves. To register or for further information, contact Julie Wagenblast, Teen and Youth Director, at 908-273-3330, ext. 1140 or via julie.wagenblast@thesay.org.

The Summit Area YMCA also provides financial assistance for those seeking to participate in many of the Y's meaningful programs, including many of the teen programs and classes. Financial assistance is made possible through the generosity of community donors, members, and partners, whose gifts allow the Y to open its doors to serve everyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay.

For more information on financial assistance programs, or how to contribute to them, contact patty.facchinei@thesay.org.