Running to be brave, not perfect
Organized by: Kelsey Johnson
EVENT DATE Jun 18, 2016
In today’s world girls are socialized to be perfect. Half of our future generation will not pursue their dreams because they are afraid if they don’t achieve perfection, they have failed. I’m running in the 2016 Seattle Marathon because my high school female students have empowered me to be brave, to believe in myself and not be afraid of failure, to think “why not me?”.
Working as an AmeriCorps member at the University of Washington Women’s Center Making Connections Program, I see first-hand how our female youth is being affected by this problem. Help me in my mission to socialize our young females to be brave, not perfect; to be ambitious, not afraid; to be leaders, not followers. If we can build a support system that teaches girls to be comfortable with imperfections, our future generation of females will do incredible things.
My goal is to raise $1,000 by June 18th. All donations that are raised will go directly to the Making Connection Program’s Leadership Retreat; a weekend dedicated to teaching perseverance, boosting confidence, encouraging leadership, and embracing imperfections. Please read below or check out our website at http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/programs/making-connections/ for more information on the Making Connections Program I currently work for. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
“This year I moved to Seattle to serve as an AmeriCorps member at the University of Washington Women’s Center Making Connections Program, a college readiness and career exploration program connecting first-generation, underserved high school girls to the STEM fields. These students have overcome unbelievable hardships to achieve their dreams of going to college and becoming our future doctors, engineers, scientists, and computer programmers. This program encourages students to think for the first time that they truly can turn their dreams into a reality. I have become inspired by this group of young women and can only hope that they are learning something from me as well.”