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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Sept. 21, 1999

Women's center workshop to train young activists in "rocking the boat"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A workshop for young activists to learn how to "rock the boat" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa. WRAC is sponsoring the workshop called "Question Authority! Learning to Rock the Boat," as part of its continuing Social Change Training Program series.

The workshop will address strategies for creating change at the policy level in schools, organizations, government and beyond, as well as through direction actions such as rallies and campaigns. The workshop is designed especially for high school and undergraduate college-age activists, as well as professionals, educators and others who work with youth.

"We're particularly excited about the leaders we've lined up for this workshop," says Social Change Training committee member Laurie Haag. "They are really dynamic and energetic young activists! This workshop will inspire exciting, creative ideas and provide helpful techniques for young people, as well as showing them some great role models who've 'been there' and 'done that' with success themselves."

Leaders for the workshop include: Susan Junis, a UI sophomore with several years experience as a volunteer for United Action for Youth (UAY) as well as other youth-serving organizations; Adam Free, a 17-year-old high school student from Iowa City who has extensive experience in 'electronic organizing' using the Internet to reach youth; Michelle Lohman, a UI senior with a wide variety of experience in youth organizations plus lobbying experience at the federal level on behalf of runaway and homeless youth; JoAnne Larpenter, a high school student who volunteers at UAY and is particularly interested and active in the arts as a medium for change; and Kit Murray, a UI junior and founder of the UI Feminist Union and active volunteer at the Women's Center, who was recently awarded a scholarship from the Uncommon Legacy Foundation.

Co-sponsors for the workshop include Public Access Television, United Action for Youth, Youth Homes, Iowa City Spoke & Ski, Cookies and More, and Pizza Pit, which will provide lunch for workshop participants.

There is a $5 fee for the workshop; some scholarships may be available. To register for "Question Authority! Learning to Rock the Boat," or for more information, please call (319) 335-1486.