These same young girls may be locked in a family culture that expects them to get married and have babies; college or other paths to more education or training Nike Air Force Yellow
"I always say if we change one life we change the world," Redman said.
CHEYENNE Speakers at a regional conference more than a dozen years ago galvanized a group of Cheyenne women to do something locally to change the set of dismal economic and education statistics for Hispanic women.
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They also have local and state sponsors.
Rivera got involved because her two daughters were teen advisers Her daughters told her the conference opened their eyes to their culture and things they can accomplish, she said.
Conference attendance has ranged between 90, the low, and 130, the high.
The sponsors conduct surveys to find out how many girls are repeats and to get suggestions on the type of programs they want to see.
Now, fortunately, two teen advisers involved with the program are bilingual and will help.
The conference promotes education access and empowerment of the state's Latina youth.
The conference workshops have focused on current problems, such as the potential hazards of the internet and more recently on human trafficking.
There were obstacles. Redman recalls a school principal who questioned why one young Latina student would want to attend the conference and learn about more education. All she was going to do, he said, was get married and have babies.
Latina girls learn 'The power of choice'
The annual Wyoming Latina Youth Conference, now going into its 14th year, shows the girls they do have other options.
Leach has worked with girls who cannot speak English. The conference advisors had to provide a translator.
The conference offers scholarships for girls who cannot afford to attend and that are supported by Air Force Shoes For Boys grant money.
Many of the conference speakers tell of their own family pressures. Some had to convince their fathers they wanted to go to college and then they had to find their own way to get there.
Participation is consistent from Rock Springs, Casper and Gillette and Casper, but the conference is not drawing girls from Torrington or Laramie.
new conference leaders will continue the program but will accommodate changes.
They said there is a need to reach out more to other communities in the state and to their teachers to participate as chaperones.
Leach started out in 7th grade as a teen adviser to the conference.
The chaperones can learn a lot from listening to these young girls.
is not an option.
because they know it is making a difference in the lives of young Hispanic girls.
The founder of the conference, Redman is passing the torch to new leaders Sara Leach, chairman, and Cindy Rivera, vice chairman.
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A committee, headed by Ann Esquibel Redman, then working in state government, brainstormed how to proceed.
"The Power of Choice" is the theme.
She graduated from East High and earned a degree from the University of Northern Colorado in recreation, tourism and hospitality with a minor in American Studies.
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