What is the history of the We Are Girls – Houston Conference?
In 2008, GEN hosted its first annual, statewide We Are Girls Conference in Austin, Texas at the Anne Richards School for Young Women, an all girls public school in the Austin Independent School District. The conference successfully grew and eventually moved into one of Austin’s largest high schools, allowing the event capacity to reach 2,000 participants in 2015.
In 2012, the Principal of the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (the Houston sister school to the Anne Richards School) visited the conference and requested GEN consider hosting the same event at their school in Houston. With only grassroots marketing and outreach to schools in Houston and surrounding areas, GEN set a goal of 400 registrants, and quickly surpassed that reaching 800 attendees in November of 2015. Emceed by Telemundo Houston with the highest marks from attendees, the enormous success proved the Houston community is looking for an event like the We Are Girls Conference.
Demographics and survey results of the 2015 Houston We Are Girls Conference:
8% 3rd grade | 13% 4th grade | 16% 5th grade | 15% 6th grade
12% 7th grade | 14% 8th grade | 13% parents/guardians
7% educators | 2% volunteers/presenters
Hispanic- 53% | African American/Black- 38%
Caucasian- 7% | Asian- 1% | Other- 1%
2015 Survey Results
How would you grade the 2015 We Are Girls Conference overall?
99% gave grade of Excellent or Good
Are you likely to attend next year’s We Are Girls Conference?
87% said yes
I feel more comfortable dealing with issues with which I’ve been struggling.
I feel more connected to other girls and adults.
I was able to connect with others who share my challenges or concerns.
The experts answered questions that I have been wanting to ask.
I would recommend this conference to a friend.
Flourishing culture magazine and generous media sponsor J-Vibe covered the event here: