AAUW San Jose Branch programs provide information that empowers women to make knowledge-based decisions about their daily lives and informs members about global issues and initiatives affecting women and their families. Here are some examples of recent collaborations.
Strong Women Leadership Conference
The Strong Women Leadership Conference is a collaboration with Evergreen Valley College supported by the Commission on the Status of women, the Office of Women’s Policy and AAUW San Jose. The conference empowers women of college age and above to be strong, committed community members and leaders. It features workshops on finance, sexual assault, healthy relationships and positive body image.
Strong Girls, Strong Women
AAUW San Jose and the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy present Strong Girls, Strong Women, a leadership conference for high school girls and their advocates. The conference has been recognized by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the California Legislature. Dynamic and interesting workshops are offered including cyber safety, finances for teens, dating violence, body image, preparing healthy meals, communication and more.
Featuring national award-winning San Jose Mercury News reporter Lisa Krieger, author of the Cost of Dying series, and Gary Bertuccelli, manager of social work and spiritual care with Hospice of the Valley. While 82% of Californians say it is important to have end-of-life wishes in writing, only 23% have done so, according to the California HealthCare Foundation.
Bay Area News Group, Hospice of the Valley and AAUW San Jose hosted a free community forum on advance health care planning to help you:
- Understand the importance of Advance Health Care Directives
- Make informed choices about your medical care
- Choose your health care “agent”
- Learn more about palliative care
Violence. Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic and religious boundaries and affects every part of the lives damaged by it. Although the problem is complex, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence believes the solutions must be client-centered, community based, and engage diverse groups of community leaders, volunteers, donors, advocates and clients in order to create real solutions that eradicate domestic violence for good. Next Door believes in peace and social justice for all and operates every day knowing that peace in the community begins with peace in the home.
Like thousands around the globe, AAUW has joined the Half the Sky movement in support of women and girls. The attendees at this program watched amazing women in action in countries around the world.
Every two minutes a woman loses her life to the linked problems of gender-based violence, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, and maternal mortality. These present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing it.
January is Adult Role Model Month. This program presented simple actions all of us can take to make Silicon Valley a better place for young people to thrive and grow. Project Cornerstone has been collecting valuable information about students in Silicon Valley for several years and has provided programs to address identified needs of our students in our community. A 2010 survey measured developmental assets, which are positive values, skills, relationships and experiences that help young people grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible. The more assets that young people have, the more likely they are to thrive. And the fewer assets that young people have, the more likely they are to get involved with negative or risky behaviors like violence, trouble in school, drug and alcohol use. We learned what it takes to be positive role models for our children.
What can you do to protect yourself from identity theft and other scams that target senior adults? Janet Berry, from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office helped us understand how to keep from becoming victims of fraud. She offered valuable advice about safeguards to keep us from falling victim to identity theft, telemarketing, email and lottery scams. Information was also provided concerning mortgages, reverse mortgages, foreclosures and power of attorney documents.