Menlo Park, Calif. – March 16, 2010 –The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula will hold its fifth annual Girl’s Day on Saturday, March 20th from 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Redwood City Clubhouse (1109 Hilton Street, Redwood City 94063).
At Girl’s Day each of about 70 female volunteers – including professionals from a wide range of industries as well as college students -- is paired with one female club member in the 7th-9th grade. The girls and their mentors spend the whole day together attending activities and workshops on such topics as self-esteem, goal setting, body image, leadership and careers, solving challenges as a group and engaging in fun ice-breakers. There will be two special speakers at this year’s Girl’s Day:
Cupcake Brown is an author, attorney, and advocate who speaks to audiences all around the country using the positives and negatives of her own story to illustrate that anyone’s hopes and dreams can come true.
Ms. Brown graduated from college magna cum laude from San Diego State University and attended law school at the University of San Francisco despite the fact that she did not have either a high school diploma or a G.E.D. After law school, Ms. Brown worked as an attorney for one of the nation’s 25th largest law firms. She also served as judicial extern to justices on the California Supreme Court and to the U.S. District Court in Northern California.
Ms. Brown has received many awards and honors, has been featured in numerous print media and has appeared on a wide variety of network and cable television shows. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, A Piece of Cake: A Memoir is an inspirational retrospective of her turbulent life as a prostitute, gang member and addict – and her ultimate triumph with the encouragement of those who recognized her abilities and her worth.
Dr. Maria Ochoa, Ph.D.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Dr. Ochoa received B.A. in Humanities from the New College of California and her doctorate in the History of Consciousness from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has taught at California State University Hayward, the University of California Santa Cruz, and Stanford University in a variety of fields including art history, American, Chicana/o, cultural, ethnic, and women's studies.
Dr. Ochoa has received a variety of academic honors, including two Ford Foundation research fellowships. In 1999 she was named Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly. She currently teaches at San José State University in the Department of Social Science, as well as with Women’s Studies program and the Department of Mexican American Studies.
Dr. Ochoa’s publications include Russell City: Images of America a pictorial history about a rural, Bay Area community, Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence, and Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community, a collection of oral histories with Chicana visual artists living and working in northern California. She is also the author of numerous articles and essays.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
Every day after school and in the summer, children come to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula to gain a sense of belonging, have fun, and form positive relationships with caring mentors. In neighborhoods where two-thirds of youth drop out of high school, Club members learn the importance of education and become part of a community of learners, wanting and expecting to do well in school. 1,400 youth, ages six to eighteen, attend our three clubhouses and five school sites in East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park and Redwood City regularly. In partnership with schools and families the Club is helping make Silicon Valley a great place for all of our children to grow up.