Why Have a Health Leadership Summit Just for Young Women?
Research has revealed a great deal about the realities that
teen girls face, the risks they take, and the impact their behavior has
on their health and well-being. These behaviors are often a normal part
of adolescence, but they can also lead to negative and potentially very
serious health consequences. A growing body of research indicates adolescents
are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors if they:
- have a sense of physical, emotional, and economic security
- feel connected with adults and peers
- make a contribution in the community and have input into
- believe that others have high expectations of them
- participate in engaging and challenging activities that
build skills and competencies
- feel a sense of belonging and that they have a safety
The Young Women's Health Leadership Summit met these goals
by creating a positive youth development opportunity for young women.
The UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's
Health has put together a comprehensive fact
sheet on the health status of young women.
* For complete details on San Francisco girls, read the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women's Snapshot Report.
Girls in San Francisco
Excerpts from San Francisco Girls: A Snapshot Report, March 2009
San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women
- San Francisco girls are diverse—34% Asian, 26% White,
23% Latina, 9% African American, 8% multi-racial, 1% Pacific Islander
- Approximately 7% of all girls in San Francisco live in
- San Francisco girls are making progress in education by closing (and reversing) historic gender gaps in science and math.
- In both San Francisco and the state of California, the enrollment rate of girls exceeded the enrollment rate of boys for most advanced courses in math and science.
- San Francisco girls are still facing higher levels of violence and threats to safety, compared to boys.
- Almost 1/3 of high school girls report being depressed
and 14% have attempted suicide
- Girls in San Francisco are getting arrested in higher
numbers and for more serious crimes than girls in other parts of the