In honor of International Women’s Day, the Pico Youth and Family Center and Girls PACT invites young women ages 15-24 to “Rock Ur Stuff and Make it Happen” on March 7 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC), located at 715 Pico Blvd. Those interested in supporting female empowerment through art, music, spoken word and education are encouraged to attend.

PYFC Program Director, Selina Barajas re-launched Girls Group in 2011. PYFC’s Girl’s Group is a safe space for the young females who attend Samohi, Olympic, and SMC and/or are from the community of Santa Monica. Organization officials said the women of PYFC are dedicated to improving the educational and mentorship opportunities, leadership empowerment, and civic engagement in the community. The group promotes and encourages the development of self-identity and unity among women.

The mission of Girls PACT is to combat unplanned pregnancy among young women ages 15-24 by revealing the power of self-confidence. They inspire positive personal values, teach sexual health, develop assertive communication skills and promote healthy relationships to build self-assurance and poise. Their goal is empower all young women to manage their “stuff” with confidence and style. Rather than feel ashamed of or embarrassed about their “stuff,” Girls PACT creates a world where it is safe to “Rock Ur Stuff!”

Girls PACT facilitates weekly meetings with Girls Group at PYFC.

The March 7 event will include a keynote speaker, performances, vendors, and a chance for community speakers. The day will also include music by DJ and guest appearances.

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