About the Summit
The Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit is a day created by young women of San Francisco, for young women of San Francisco.
Every year our Youth Steering Committee works together from August to March to organize a Summit for 300 young women from over 20 high schools in San Francisco. Summit participants come from public, alternative, and charter high schools and they represent the diversity and complexity of young women in the Bay Area.
Designed to uplift, inspire and empower, The Young Women's Health and Leadership Summit has launched a movement of young women coming together to learn about important health and life options that are often not discussed in school. The goal of the Summit is to provide resources and information on a wide range of health topics so that young women ignite change in their communities and make wise decisions about their personal health, well-being and future endeavors.
The Summit is coordinated by the CoE with collaboration from the SFUSD. Congresswoman Jackie Speier participates in the Summit as often as she can and makes a special effort to meet with the Youth Steering Committee to hear their hopes for the Summit and dreams for their lives.
Each year, the Youth Steering Committee completes a survey of their school communities to identify the most pressing health issues to be addressed at their summit. The community survey results indicate far too many young women are victims of domestic violence, infected with sexually transmitted diseases, and suffer from low self-esteem or depression. We know young women today face serious challenges. The Summit focuses on empowering and inspiring young women with resources and knowledge so they have the information and support to combat many of these issues personally, and in their communities.
Explore past Summit themes & photo galleries below
- 2018: "Together with Love, We Rise Above"
- 2017: "Uplifting Me, Celebrating Our Community"
- 2016: "Powerful as One, Stronger Together"
- 2015: "Breaking Free, I Am Me!"
- 2014: "We Rise! We Stand! Step Up & Take Command"
- 2013: "We're Girls! We're Proud! We Live out Loud!"
- 2012: "Be the U in Beautiful"
- 2011: “Woman in the Mirror: Kindle Your Fire, Dream and Inspire!”
- 2010: "Unleashing Our Potential, Reaching For The Stars!"
- 2009: "Strive, Struggle, Succeed: Bring out the Somethin' in You!"
- 2006: "Beyond Looks, Beyond Words: Stand Up, Stand Out!"
- 2005: "A Day to Inspire A Lifetime: Strong, Proud, United"
- 2004: "We inspire, We act, We're Young Women - Step Back!"
- 2003: "Be Strong, Be Heard, Be You!"
- 2001: "Rejoice, Unite, Nurture, Fight!"
- 2000: "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives, Young Women on the Rise!"