The Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Arizona has presented the Young Women's Empowerment Academy annually since 2007. Designed for Tucson-area girls ages 13-18, YWEA aims to inspire young people to improve their self-images, sharpen their leadership skills, foster healthy relationships and prepare for college.
All workshops and activities are free of charge, and optional parent and caregiver sessions are also available.
Sessions included "Healthy Body Image and Self-Esteem," "Creepy or Cute?," "Lead Now," and "College: Dream to Reality." Keynote speaker Martha McSally was the U.S.'s first female pilot to fly in combat.