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More than 130 girls attend the first Young Women's Empowerment Day

Posted at 5:17 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 10:03:31-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — At D'Youville College's Academic Center, dozens of girls turned out to celebrate girl power.

Saturday marked the first ever Girls Run the World: Young Women's Empowerment Day. The event was all about feeling empowered and getting to know yourself.

"You have an opportunity to explore things. To look at what makes you smile, what makes you happy, what are you good at," said D'Youville's Vice President Pamela Say-Witter as she addressed more than 130 young girls.

"We really want the girls to maximize everything that they can to get out of this event, so they're going to meet and hear from some very important positive people, women, who are doing some great things throughout the city of Buffalo," said Deputy Police Commissioner Barbara Lark.

Young women took part workshops that equip them with life skills that would help them in their career and academic aspirations.

Workshops included character development, financial literacy and employment and internship preparation.

"When girls do well in communities, communities are better, they are healthier, they are stronger," said Mayor Byron Brown.

The event was also meant to inspire and motivate the young ladies to be anything they wish to be.

"You young ladies, who knows? You may be the next commissioner of police, the next mayor of the city of Buffalo, the President of the United States. I believe that you can do that," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood.