September 23, 2022
Nick Rivas, Public Information Associate
Register Now For L.A. County Parks’ ‘I Matter: Girls Empowerment Conference’
All-day event will inspire girls to turn dreams into reality,
with fun-filled workshops and a Girl Power Lunch Party!
LOS ANGELES, CA – L.A. County Parks is encouraging young girls across the Southland to join together and learn how to turn their dreams into reality, receive wisdom from successful women innovators, connect with their peers, and exercise their girl power with a rollicking dance party, during the 8th annual “I Matter: Girls Empowerment Conference” on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Themed “Girls with Dreams Become Women with Vision”, this year’s conference seeks to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams and educate them on becoming successful and powerful women in a global society. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to girls ages 12-18, and will be held East Los Angeles College.
The Girls Empowerment Conference is made possible by the generous support of the Los Angeles County Probation, Recreation and Parks and Public Health Departments and East Los Angeles College.
The Honorable Judge Olivia Rosales, a Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court-Southeast District, will be the Keynote Speaker, kicking off a day of informative and fun-filled interactive workshops where girls can learn from experts about what it takes to be successful in today’s world, create once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and become empowered to make their dreams come true.
All this and lots of SWAG and a DJ-powered Girl Power Lunch Party!
The interactive workshops will include:
- Girls Directing Change – view and discuss powerful short films created by youth aimed at educating young people about critical mental health and social justice issues.
- Step into Your Power – an unapologetic space where girls to tap into their strengths and cultivate a feeling of belonging in all spaces.
- Be YOU Vision Board – Focus on building self-love, self-esteem and finding genuine happiness by being your true self
- Think You Can Dance? – join the groove and immerse yourself in the movement and culture of hip hop and other popular dance styles.
- The Art of Spinning – get hands-on experience of spinning like a club DJ while also learning the career and business side of DJing!
- You Throw Like a Girl – learn how women have been breaking gender stereotypes in the field of sports, politics, and business; not only on the field but off the field as well
- GEC Resource Activation – spend some time networking, connecting with peers, enjoying art-based activities and resources hosted by various government and community-based organizations
“I Matter: Girls Empowerment Conference” is free but registration is limited.
Complimentary transportation will also be available at the following locations and times:
- El Cariso Community Regional Park: 13100 Hubbard St, Sylmar (pickup at 8:00 a.m.)
- Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park: 3901 Dunsmore Ave, Glendale (pickup at 8:15 a.m.)
- Loma Alta Park: 3330 N Lincoln Ave, Altadena (pickup at 8:30 a.m.)
- Jackie Robinson Park: 8773 East Ave., Littlerock (pickup at 8:00 a.m.)
- George Lane Park: 5520 W Ave L-8, Quartz Hill (pickup at 8:30 a.m.)
Amelia Mayberry Park: 13201 Meyer Rd, Whittier (pickup at 8:00 a.m.)
Adventure Park: 10130 Gunn Ave, Whittier (pickup at 8:15 a.m.)
Sorensen Park: 11419 Rose Hedge Dr, Whittier (pickup 8:30 a.m.)
- East Rancho Dominguez Park: 15116 Atlantic Ave., East Compton (pickup at 8:00 a.m.)
- Mona Park: 2291 E. 121st St., Compton (pickup at 8:15 a.m.)
- Ted Watkins Memorial Park: 1335 E 103rd St, Los Angeles (pickup at 8:00 a.m.)
- Mary M. Bethune Park: 1244 E 61st St, Los Angeles (pickup at 8:15 a.m.)
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Park: 7600 Graham Ave, Los Angeles (pickup at 8:15 a.m.)
- Del Aire Park: 12601 S Isis Ave, Hawthorne (pickup at 8:00 a.m.)
- Lennox Park: 10828 Condon Ave, Inglewood (pickup at 8:10 a.m.)
- Athens Park: 12603 S Broadway, Los Angeles (pickup at 8:30 a.m.)
Parents do not attend the conference as this is an event solely for girls ages 12-18.
For more information, including transportation options, please visit the 2022 Girls Empowerment Conference – Parks & Recreation (lacounty.gov).
About LA County Parks and Recreation
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation manages 183 parks and operates a network of 70,079 acres of parkland, 475 sports amenities such as futsal, basketball, tennis, lawn bowling and multipurpose fields, 42 swimming pools, 15 wildlife sanctuaries, 10 nature centers that serve as a refuge for over 200 animals, 14 lakes – 3 of which are boating and swimming lakes, 5 equestrians centers, more than 210 miles of multi-use trails, the largest municipal golf system in the nation, consisting of 20 golf courses, in addition to the world-class Arboreta and Botanic Gardens and performance venues – Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Virginia Robinson Gardens and South Coast Botanic Gardens and the Hollywood Bowl and Ford Theaters.