25 Teen Foster Girls Meet With Top Women In Government For Women In Philanthropy’s Day At The Capitol

News Release

April 1, 2013 – Twenty-five teen girls from Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento and Koinonia Homes for Teens in Loomis gathered at the State Capitol in March to tour the historic building and meet with top women in government as part of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy’s Day at the Capitol.

“We were so excited about this amazing opportunity for these girls to learn about all the possibilities open to them,” said Lorrie Wilson, co-chair of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. “We hear so much about the dangers of foster kids emancipating from the system, but with the right tools, they truly can leave the foster care system ready for success. That was really the message of the day: You chart your own course.”

The girls received a guided partial tour of the capitol building, including the governor’s office, and had the chance to sit down in small groups with top women in government, including Secretary Anna M. Caballero of the State and Consumer Services Agency; Secretary Mona Pasquil who handles the governor’s appointment picks; Claudia Cappo, executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency; Mona Prieto, assistant commissioner of the California Highway Patrol; and Genevieve Shiroma, chair of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Groups of four or five girls had five 10-minute roundtable discussions with each woman. Topics included how being a woman shaped your career, college/pre-workforce life, getting started in the workforce, growing your career and future aspirations, and more.

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members raise funds, hold drives and provide trainings focused on helping foster youth rise to their dreams. The group also is a partner in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project, helping foster youth become financially self-sufficient through financial literacy courses and individual development accounts that provide a matched savings program. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip.

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.