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Girls Empowerment Conference Schedule

8:15 am – 9:00 am        Check-In, Continental Breakfast, Networking 

9:00 am – 9:30 am        Contra-Tiempo Performance, Welcome/MC, Chantel Navarro: Eddie Heredia Boxing Club

9:30 am – 10:10 am      Panel Discussion- Women in Non-Traditional Spaces 

10:20 am – 10:55 am    Session 1 

11:05 am – 11:40 am    Session 2 

11:50 am – 12:50 pm    Lunch, Resource Fair & Dance Party 

1:00 pm – 1:35 pm       Session 3 

1:45 pm – 2:20 pm       Keynote Speaker

2:25 pm – 2:35 pm      “We Rise” Performance – Pete Knight High School 

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm       Group Photo and Closing

Session Topics

Career and College Planning

This session will talk to students about how to prepare for college or career.  They will introduce the different options available after you graduate high school. They will also talk about the differences between a community college, university and a trade school. 

Financial Literacy

Students will learn the basics of financial literacy. Budgeting, bank accounts, savings, credit cards and credit scores.  

Crushing Your Goals & Using Stress as Your Secret Weapon  

Want to crush your goals and thrive in every area of your life? Get ready for a fun and insightful workshop with Coach Deanna. You will learn practical and actionable strategies to defeat stress, thrive under pressure & implement winning habits to achieve your goals. 

Let’s Talk About It 

Teens talking to Teens  – This students-led session will talk about what to do if you see a friend going through something.  It will educate the students on resources and tools that are out there specifically for them and how to break the silence and communicate with you loved ones about mental health concerns. Co-presented by Teenline & Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 

Building Self-Esteem through Hip Hop

During this session, students will learn a hip-hop routine and build their self-confidence.  The presenters will also talk with the girls on positive body image and building each other up. 

Stand Up Against Bullying/Cyberbullying 

The students will learn practical techniques and skills to stand up against bullies and what to do if you are being bullied. 

College Tour & Vendor Fair (Mandatory Session) 

All participants will participate in a tour of East LA College in 1 of the 3 sessions throughout the day. The tour will be lead by Student Ambassadors of East LA College.  The participants will get to see the different amenities of the facility and a sneak peak of how it feels to roam the campus.  The 2nd half of the session will visit the vendor Fair and network to find out about all of the programs and opportunities that are offered to teen girls. 

Using your Voice – Civic Engagement 

 This teen-led non-profit group will instruct a workshop for students who want to learn how to be an active citizen in the community.  They will learn a combination of skills, values and motivation to speak up and get results for important topics involving your community to make that difference.  They will also talk to students on how to be involved in promoting the quality of life in a community, through bother political and non-political processes.


Keynote Speaker 

Judge Lucy Armendariz, Superior Court of Los Angeles

Judge Lucy Armendariz has presided over cases at the State Bar Court of California for over a decade.  She was appointed to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in California under Governor Jerry Brown in October 2018 where she serves at the East Los Angeles Courthouse presiding over misdemeanor trials. Having committed her career to public service, Judge Armendariz served as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero in Los Angeles and gained extensive experience at the Capitol in Sacramento through her service as Counsel to both the Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety.  Governor Gray Davis appointed Judge Armendariz as the Ombudsman for women’s prisons in California.

Motivated by her experiences as a foster child, Judge Armendariz has a long history of involvement in her community.  Thrust into the foster care system at age 10, Judge Armendariz bounced between homes before a long-term placement provided the stability that facilitated her pursuit of a college education.  Determined to “pay it forward,” Judge Armendariz has volunteered her time as a Commissioner to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and as a Board Member to Leadership California, an organization dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women and girls. Judge Armendariz grew up in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights and is a graduate of Roosevelt High School, where she now serves as a Teen Court Judge.

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