Women Empowering Nations and Teen Girls from Houston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City Share Experiences from Travel Seminar in The Netherlands and East Africa
The 10 day trip explored topics like social justice, world economics, sustainability and women in leadership
Houston, TX, August 2, 2016 - From July 13 to July 24, fifteen young women from Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Houston embarked on an international journey that would prove to leave a lasting impact on their lives. The Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Leadership Conference and Travel Seminar in The Netherlands and Tanzania was hosted by Women Empowering Nations (WEN), and was designed to offer international exposure to teen girls providing them with transformational leadership experiences, platforms for global development, and lifelong relationships beyond borders.
"The GLOW travel seminar and leadership conference has proven to motivate girls to become international change agents." said Carlisha Williams, Executive Director of WEN. "This program works because young girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, have the common curiosity and desire to explore the world around them learning about global economics, public affairs, international education, gender equality and more. That's why it's essential that we continue to go beyond our borders and engage girls across the globe."
In Mwanza, Tanzania, WEN volunteered with the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children, which provides refuge for abused and abandoned girls and offers them primary and secondary education. In the mornings, the teens engaged in peer to peer bonding, by attending class alongside the Tanzanian students before spending their afternoons at the leadership conference. At the conference, Tanzanian and American female teenage leaders explored critical issues and formed relationships to last a lifetime.
"This experience has been life-changing. I learned that the world is full of inequity, but the amount of things you have does not affect how great of an impact you can leave on the world," said MacKenzie Toliver, student participant.
One of the organization's goals is to develop girls as citizens who value diversity, challenge bias, and have a passion for continual learning through experience. In The Netherlands, the young women visited historic sites such as the International Court of Justice and the Anne Frank House.
We know exposure expands expectations. The travel seminar, leadership conference, an mentorship expands their perspective, self-efficacy, value of education, and their global view thus lighting a new path of potential outcomes for their life, Williams added.
This fall, WEN will be launching the GLOW program at schools in Houston, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. The organization will prepare a cohort of their students to embark on the next GLOW Travel Seminar in Summer 2018 to Egypt and Ghana.
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About Women Empowering Nations
Women Empowering Nations (WEN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Carlisha Williams and dedicated to the advancement of girls and women through self-esteem development, education, and leadership outreach programs. Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) is a WEN's mentoring program for girls ages 13 to 18, supporting them to identify solutions for academic and social development and to build life sills for important choices in their daily lives. To learn more about WEN, visit www.WENations.org.