A.B.L.E. Women hosts a workshop and dinner event, “The Queen in You,” on March 31 to help Washoe County high school girls build self-confidence
Not every teen girl has the privilege of a positive female role model in her life. One University of Nevada, Reno, organization, A.B.L.E. Women, hopes to change that through its community outreach program. A.B.L.E.—ambition, beauty, leadership, and equality—aims to help young women cultivate a positive self-image through leadership skills and academic excellence. In honor of that mission, and to celebrate Women’s History Month, A.B.L.E. will host “The Queen in You” at UNR on March 31, 2012. Reno-based life coach and international bestselling author Linda McLean will be the keynote speaker for the 6 p.m. dinner, a fundraiser benefitting the Sierra Association of Foster Families.
Helping people achieve the self-confidence they need to live the life of their dreams is McLean’s passion. In her recently published book, Next Level Living, she outlines steps to teach people to be “the best possible version” of themselves they can. McLean says this message is especially critical for young women.
“Girls face so much societal pressure. Their self-worth too often gets tied up with how pretty or popular they are. If the home situation is fractured that adds another layer of stress and confusion,” McLean said. “It’s so important that teenagers hear the truth—that they are beautiful and can achieve unimaginable success with the right focus and positive attitude. I’m grateful I get the opportunity to share that message with these girls.”
Chelsea Hahn, A.B.L.E. community service director, says the group encourages elegance and confidence in its members. It’s a multi-cultural organization that brings together young women from a wide array of backgrounds. Inspired by their diverse make-up, the members identified a community need.
“Underprivileged or at-risk girls often lack positive female role models. We want to reach out to those girls and teach them that they can be confident and successful and that it’s a good thing,” Hahn said.
The “Queen in You” consists of two parts. The first begins at 11 a.m., a series of free confidence-building workshops open to all Washoe County high school girls. Attendees will spend the day learning to feel beautiful both inside and out. They will be pampered with hair-styling and makeup sessions, cultivate health through yoga lessons, and learn about nutrition and wellness from medical experts. The all-day affair includes workshops, speakers, lunch and dinner for absolutely no cost to participants.
At 6 p.m. the public is invited to join the girls for the benefit dinner and McLean’s keynote address. Tickets are $12 for the general public or $8 for students and faculty of Washoe County School District and Nevada System of Higher Education. Foster family members will receive a discounted ticket rate of $4. For tickets and workshop registration, email [email protected] or call (775) 287-9455