The Young Women's Health Leadership Summit (YWHLS) is sponsored by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District. The YWHLS grows out of the successful Young Women's Health Conference, which convened annually between 2000 and 2006 and then transformed into the YWHLS in 2009.
The goal of the YWHLS is to provide resources and information on a wide range of health topics so that young women are empowered with the knowledge and resources to make wise decisions about their health, well-being and future endeavors. The 2011 summit featured workshops, an exhibit hall, and a variety of presentations by women who serve as role models through sharing their inspiring stories of success and perseverance.
The theme for the 2011 summit was "Woman in the Mirror: Kindle Your Fire, Dream & Inspire!" The event included a panel of inspirational speakers, performance art, an open mic session where young women can raised their voices in self-expression, and a keynote speaker encouraging them toward community action.
Our 2012 summit hopes to gather over 250 young women from over 20 high schools in San Francisco. These young women will represent the diversity and complexity of young women in the Bay Area. Participants come from public, alternative, and charter high schools, as well as community-based organizations that work with young women. The YWHLS not only addresses important health issues that are often not discussed in school, but also provides an inspiring and rare opportunity for young women to be surrounded by so many of their peers and from such a variety of backgrounds.