Val Parker of Power 4 Youth to Speak at American Association of University Women Event

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Host Val Parker, Executive Director of Power 4 Youth For September, the back to school month, Val Parker, Executive Director of Power 4 Youth will start off American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) speakers on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Holiday Inn at the Airport, 2640 N. Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, CA at 11:00 a.m.

Power 4 Youth provides academic mentoring for struggling students by connecting youth with caring adult mentors. The organization helps at-risk middle and high school youth to do better in school by addressing the issues that are keeping the students from doing their best, and motivating them to be good citizens of the community. Currently, fifty-five students are benefiting from the program. The ethnic make-up of the students reflects the larger population: 52% Hispanic, 28% White, 14% Black and 6% Asian. Likewise, the adult volunteers come from varied professions, backgrounds and ethnicities. This program embodies many of the interests and concerns of the local AAUW branch members and of the national organization as well.

Social gathering is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., meeting is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., program is from 11:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. Luncheon is from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Cost of the luncheon is $24.00. For more information and reservations, please call Margy Arthur at 562-799-8479 by September 1.

AAUW provides scholarships to local middle-school girls to attend Tech Trek, a summer camp at University California Irvine and Whittier College for one week and also the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Education and Math) Conference held at Long Beach City College in February to encourage local middle-school girls to prepare for college.

AAUW Membership is open to those with an AA degree or higher. To learn more about membership in AAUW, please go to www.aauw-longbeach.org.

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