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Oct. 24, 2005

UI Council On Status Of Women Hosts Youth Panel Discussion Nov. 2

A University of Iowa women's group has organized an event to connect with girls and young women in the community. "Girl Talk-Get Engaged! A panel of local girls and organizations tell it like it is" will provide an opportunity for discussion of issues on the minds of teen girls Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. The event is free and open to the public.

The Public Engagement Committee of the UI Council on the Status of Women is hosting the event to raise awareness of the issues and needs of girls in our community and to promote volunteerism. Monique DiCarlo of the Women's Resource and Action Center will moderate the panel discussion.

Panelists will be girls speaking about issues in their lives and their involvement with participating organizations. They include Southeast Junior High School students Ivy Hayward and Margo Klemme, who are involved with United Action for Youth; City High School junior Johanna Lucas representing Young Life; West High School senior Kelly Dunkin, a Girl Scout; Elizabeth Tate High School senior Larissa Rozean; and Clear Creek Amana High School student Josie Olson.

After a short break for refreshments, adult representatives will speak about volunteer opportunities with local organizations addressing the needs of girls and young women in the community.

In addition to the Council on the Status of Women and the Women's Resource and Action Center, participating organizations include Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Action for Youth Rhinestone Cowgirls and Teen Parent Program, Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley, Elizabeth Tate High School, Clear Creek Amana West High School and Young Life.

For those unable to attend in person, the discussion will be broadcast live on the library channel. For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Cindy Opitz, Council on the Status of Women, 335-0481.

The Council on the Status of Women formed a Public Engagement Committee in response to UI President David Skorton's declaration of the 2005-2006 academic year as the Year of Public Engagement, during which the university community will be encouraged to intensify its efforts and sharpen its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national, and international levels.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Cindy Opitz, Council on the Status of Women, 335-0481