by Zarina Yunis, Girls Inc. Member, 9th grade

My involvement with Girls Inc. OC started this Spring at the 5th Annual Girls Conference Orange County held at UC Irvine. Together with UC Irvine’s CARE office, Girls Inc. OC hosted a day-long conference full of workshops, speakers, and activities encouraging girls to become today and tomorrow’s leaders. Girls had access to skill building activities that focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), college and career readiness, leadership, life skills, healthy relationships, wise social media use, and building self-confidence. Concurrent workshops were held for parents, guardians, and mentors on positive parenting strategies and helping daughters navigate their roads to success. My day began behind a podium with the Seal of the President of the United States. A Girls Inc. representative was interviewing me and asking me what I would do if I were President of the United States. I was empowered by this experience. If you dream it, you can achieve it. The feeling I had when I stood at that podium was that I could do anything that I set my mind to. This example of how Girls Inc. inspires girls to be leaders speaks for itself. The morning agenda involved keynote addresses by two women, Ruthe Farmer and Manar Waheed, who had previously worked in the White House for President Obama. They described their education and the paths taken to achieve the success they had achieved in their careers. In their speeches, th