PANEL: Taking up Space: Empowerment through Community Building and Peaceful Protest

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

This panel will be moderated by Maureen Lahey, who earned a master’s in women’s history at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Taking Up Space: Empowerment through Community Building and Peaceful Protest

Samantha Daley, Nicole Elinoff, Emily Vrotsos

Administrators of the Seminole County public middle schools near Orlando, Florida are attempting to end bullying among their students. Currently, there are no ways for students to participate in this anti-bullying campaign. The Young Women Leaders Program examines bullying perceptions and experiences of 7th graders through mentoring and encourages students to become involved in anti-bullying activism. This presentation will discuss the importance of community building in the Young Women Leaders Program and how Leading Out Loud, a mentoring workshop has accomplished this.

Nicole Elinoff is currently earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. She serves as a mentor in the Young Women Leaders Program and is the current president of the National Organization for Women at University of Central Florida. 

Emiliy Vrotsos holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, where she now works as the program coordinator for the Young Women Leaders Program. She is also the founder of the Young Men’s Leadership Program. She will begin work on a master’s degree in non-profit management at University of Central Florida in Fall 2013. 

Samantha Daley is currently earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. She serves as a facilitator in the Young Women Leaders Program, where she previously served as mentor.She is also currently a Student Correspondent for Choice USA.  

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