January 13, 2017

Montgomery County Young Women Participate in White House Events

( L to R) Shantavia Craigg, First Lady Michelle Obama, Natasha Yakanda
Photo credit: Crittenton Services of Greater Washington 

Montgomery County young women participating with Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
recently participated in a series of national events presented by the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Shantavia Craigg of John F. Kennedy High School and Natasha Yakanda of Gaithersburg High School, had the opportunity to speak their minds on gender equality, racism, and the elimination of all forms of social injustice for girls of color at the United State of Women Summit. Crittenton Services of Greater Washington alumnae also participated in "Young Women Leading the Way: Breaking Barriers for Girls and by Girls," presented by the White House in November.

In December, John F. Kennedy High School graduate and Montgomery College graduate, Leteria Bailey, introduced keynote speaker Vanita Gupta - Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, at the Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: Continuing Progress and Building Toward Change White House event.

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington girls participated in an event dedicated to women in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - specifically, American space exploration where First Lady, Michelle Obama made remarks. The program included a question and answer component on the four eras of women in space, a screening of the new film Hidden Figures and a panel discussion with the film's starring actors.

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington empowers vulnerable teen girls to overcome obstacles, make positive choices, and achieve their goals through programs in schools throughout the Greater Washington area. For more information about the program go to website.

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