Last night we celebrated the achievements of our GirlsFirst program and members at our Shades of Leadership event. The evening was filled with jazz and empowerment as we honored GirlsFirst students.

Last night's Shades of Leadership was a great success! Thank you to all who participated and continue to support 14 - and 15-year old female identified youth of color increase their chances of graduating from high school and moving towards strong career opportunities.

GirlsFirst 2018
GirlsFirst Program Participants

We started the night in full swing with the amazing sounds of Seattle JazzED, an organization dedicated to empowerment through music, teamwork, accountability, and confidence. This group of young ladies and what they represent was in perfect formation with the mission and goal of our GirlFirst program. At GirlsFirst, we believe that working with youth and providing a positive peer group as they enter high school establishes long-term support to help youth stay in school and works towards college and other post-high school goals.

Seattle JazzED
Seattle JazzED

Special thank you to our keynote speaker Stephanie LaBoo, Chemical and Material Risk Management Project Manager at Boeing. Women like Stephanie are great examples of how girls of color can achieve anything with the right support.

"As a community supporting GirlsFirst, we're providing space for young black and brown girls to succeed." - Stephanie LaBoo

Stephanie LaBoo
Shades of Leadership 2018 Keynote Speaker, Stephanie LaBoo

Congratulations to this year's recipients.Judith Hernandez, who will be the first person in her family to attend college and join the ROTC to become a nurse in the military, and to Zenique Pleasant, who plans to also attend college and join the Air Force ROTC.Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and all who made the evening the success that it was.


Shades of Leadership
Salma Siddick

Salma Siddick is the Social Media & Content Manager at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. An immigrant from Zimbabwe, Salma has lived, worked, and attended school on three continents.


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