You Grow Girl


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Logo of the upcoming virtual leadership summit named You Grow Girl that will happen during the afternoon of October 15th. Girl Up hosts leadership summits every year, and at The Columbus School, this will be the third summit organized by the club.

Valeria Sierra, Discoverer Staff Writer

A leadership summit is being held by the TCS Girl Up Club this October 15th, which will be focusing on empowering women through self-love. This will be their third annual summit at TCS.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s summit will be held virtually. It will be called “You Grow Girl”, and it’s goal will be to highlight the importance of self-love. It will include two panelists and several activities relating to the summit’s topic. Inscriptions for the event will begin late September through a google from which will be posted in Schoology.

“Our plan to make the event engaging is to have few speakers and activities, so we can focus on making those really strong. This way, people are encouraged to connect another hour on zoom,” Camila Ceballos, Girl Up President, said.

This year’s summit is being adjusted to the current virtual situation, since every year it’s presential and held at the TCS campus. It will be held during the afternoon of October 15th, and the summit will include two panels each held by a different speaker.

“The confirmed panelists will be Susana Rave from the blog El Brazo de Tía, and Laura Echavarría from Fashion Lessons,” Ceballos said.

Rave and Echavarría are local influencer sensations thanks to their blogs and social media pages where they post content promoting self love, feminism, and topics like relationships and women empowerment. 

“It’s not going to be super long, but both speakers will be super valuable. We chose speakers that appeal to teenage girls, such as us, so I think that’s an aspect that will make it really engaging,” Lucía Gaviria, Girl Up club vice president, said.

This event won’t be as long as it has been in previous years, this way students are encouraged to connect during another few hours on zoom. Apart from the two speakers, the club is organizing activities that relate to empowerment through self love.

“We’re planning activities that are entertaining while also making the women present feel empowered. We’re still brainstorming ideas for these activities,” Ceballos said.

In previous years, students from all over the country have attended. Yet, due to the virtual manner of the event, international students could potentially participate this year. “You Grow Girl” leadership summit encourages students from all grades of high school and middle school to attend.

“We want to communicate the message that women should lift each other up, empower themselves and others in order to grow, instead of bringing each other down,” Ceballos said.