2018 Spring Events Recap



West Oakland Middle School Girls Retreat

AAFE hosted a mini retreat for West Oakland Middle School 7th grade girls. The day was filled with laughter and fun as girls participated in games around teamwork and collaboration. Women from McClymonds High School and AAFE staff hosted workshops.

Special thanks to Kharyshi Wiginton, Shelley Smith, and Imani Hinton-Lott from Alternatives in Action for their commitment to and support of our girls.


Montera Girls Retreat

On Thursday, March 29, AAFE supported Montera Middle School during it's inaugural Girl’s Half Day Conference. The day was beautifully organized by Bathsheba Harambe who invited women in business to share their stories. Our hope is that more middle and high schools will implement Girl’s Conferences on their campuses, allowing youth to engage in dialogues that serve to enhance school experience.


Students Meet Director and Actor Anna Deveare Smith

In our continued effort to expose and engage our students with community, civic and professional leaders, we were honored to collaborate with McClymonds High School to participate in a special conversation with Anna Deveare Smith – director and actor known for her one-woman-show. Deveare Smith sat with high school girls from Emerge and McClymonds to discuss the conditions and climate girls of color face. It was an eye-opening and honest conversation where girls were able to share their personal experiences, speak their truths and recommend solutions.


A Day at the Movies with Director Ryan Coogler

The power of film is evidenced by the overwhelming response to the movie Black Panther. The impact on our youth, families and community is still resonating. On Sunday, March 11, Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler provided tickets for our youth to see the film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ana Duvernay. High school youth enjoyed the experience and to their surprise Ryan Coogler greeted them at the show; a powerful moment for our youth to engage with an Oakland native who is committed to improving the conditions for youth and families in their community and beyond.


Hip-Hop Exhibit

AAFE's Girls' Student Leadership Council would like to thank Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for a wonderful Saturday at the museum. OMCA provided our youth with free passes to see their newly curated exhibit, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed the day as they explored and learned new information about the history of hip-hop, while also discovering the depths of women and leadership. Thank you again OMCA for your support and extending the opportunity to our girls!

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