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Empowered Together

Young Women Share a Day of Discovery, Connection, and Celebration

“I can’t wait to tell my mom and best friend about today.”

These words, shared by high school sophomore Malia Delgado, reflect the intention behind Manteca Unified’s first district-wide Women’s Empowerment event held on April 9th. Organized by MUSD’s Student Services Department, the event brought together young women from across the district to form meaningful connections while learning how to practice self-love and self-discovery.

As part of the day’s festivities, students engaged in a variety of activities led by teachers and members of MUSD’s Leadership team. Attendees strengthened their relationship skills through teambuilding activities, practiced making vision boards to set goals, painted art canvases to express emotions, and talked about ideas of success and how to achieve one’s dreams.

“It was quite a moving experience to see our students share internal reflections aloud with other young women” shared New Vision High counselor Alyssa Mendoza. “Not all students have the privilege of meeting inspiring people outside of their communities, so it is wonderful seeing our girls connect with positive female role models.”

MUSD’s Director of Equity & Access Dr. Francine Baird and Executive Director of Secondary Education Clara Schmiedt gave speeches to share personal stories and encourage students to embrace their potential and chart their own paths to success.

By the end of the day, students from different high schools walked away with new perspectives and friends, having bonded over the shared experiences of (young) womanhood.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but I am so happy I participated in this event!” stated junior Cerena Ross. “Not only did I meet new people, but I learned things that are going to help me later on in life. I’ve been struggling a bit and this event let me experience something new and positive. And I’m excited to show my friends the painting I made!”

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