G.U.R.L.S. Rock Unites with the Confidence Coalition, Plus G.U.R.L.S. Rock Expands Nationally; Announces Cities to Host 2012 Leadership Summits for Girls of Color

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G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program is acting in unity with the Confidence Coalition to support girls and women in building positive experiences and confidence. “We are honored to join the Coalition, which includes such prestigious members as Geena Davis' Institute on Gender in Media, Girl Scouts of the USA, The White House Project, CARE International, and others," said Dr. Raye Mitchell, CEO of the G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program.

The G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program, an initiative of The Making a New Reality Foundation, founded by Dr. Raye Mitchell, is pleased to announce that it is a proud new member of the Confidence Coalition—a conscientious movement established to mobilize the many organizations, companies and individuals that promote self-esteem and confidence among girls and women. “We are excited to contribute to the mission and purpose of the Confidence Coalition by hosting a G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Summit for girls of color in at least nine new cities throughout the U.S. in 2012," said Dr. Mitchell. "In addition to the summits to be held in Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area," the new host cities will include Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C." (event dates and venues to be announced)

The Confidence Coalition is an international movement that enables women and girls to stand up to peer pressure and media stereotypes; say "no" to risky behaviors and abusive relationships; and put an end to relational aggression, such as bullying—on the playground and in the office.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a forward thinking group that celebrates unity and sisterhood," said Mitchell. "We look forward to working with the Coalition and members to deliver a bold and engaging program that empowers women and girls."

As it expands to support the Confidence Coalition and its members throughout the U.S. and international community, G.U.R.L.S. Rock invites local and national organizations, companies and community leaders to join the movement to build confidence in women and girls, and support girls as future global leaders. To learn more about the Confidence Coalition, visit http://www.confidencecoalition.org. To learn more about G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program and how to become a community partner, corporate sponsor or individual faculty member or participant in one or more of the 2012 G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Summits across the country, visit, http://www.gurlsrock.org.

Established in 2009, the Confidence Coalition is an alliance that brings together 50 organizations and companies and many individuals committed to building confidence in girls and women. The Confidence Coalition envisions a world of confident girls and women who embrace the belief that they can achieve anything, and consistently achieve their own expectations. The Confidence Coalition is possible through the generous support of the Kappa Delta Foundation, the funding arm of Kappa Delta Sorority. With nearly 230,000 members, Kappa Delta is a proven leader in promoting confidence in women and girls. Kappa Delta’s values, educational and leadership development programs, community-service efforts, and national partnerships are focused on promoting confidence in women and girls. http://www.confidencecoalition.org

Founded in 2010 by practicing attorney-turned-social entrepreneur Dr. Raye Mitchell, G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program is a global leadership-training initiative of The Making a New Reality Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As a social entrepreneur program celebrating the importance of girls and girls of color as the next generation of global leaders, Oakland, California-based G.U.R.L.S. Rock has a different approach to supporting the growth and development of girls of color ages 8 to 18. “G.U.R.L.S.” stands for Growth, Unity, Respect, Leadership, Success. To learn more about G.U.R.L.S. Rock, please visit http://www.GurlsRock.org and http://www.fb.com/GurlsRockPower on Facebook.

“Dr. Raye” is the social entrepreneur-founder of The Making a New Reality Foundation. She is a recipient of a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and a Certificate of Recognition from California Legislature Assembly for "Demonstrating Leadership in the Support of the Development of Girls." Dr. Raye Mitchell is a Harvard Law School graduate; graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business and Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow; recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service; and recently named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Initiative. http://www.rayemitchell.com.


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