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The Girls’ Festival 2017 features 16 diverse and exciting workshops that span many topic areas including nutrition for athletes, filmmaking, media literacy, safe and healthy relationships, human trafficking awareness, computer coding, and cooking classes with high profile chefs. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time (available soon here) for times and locations. These workshops will fill up fast, as space is limited, so arrive to the location early to ensure your entry.

10:15 – 10:45 Moving Girls to the Center of the Story

With women making up less than 7% of feature film directors and 12% of screenwriters, no wonder the media we see doesn't reflect the rich lives of women and girls. Camp Reel Stories knows that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in media they will be better reflected on the screen. Move your story to the center of screen in this filmmaking workshop. Learn basic filmmaking techniques and find out about the plethora of career opportunities in the film industry.

11:00 – 11:30 Nutrition Essentials for Student Athletes

Learn about the 10 top sports nutrition essentials from Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, Corporate Dietitian for Safeway, author of 25 books and former Performance Dietitian for Stanford University. Three young local athletes will weigh in with their own experiences and challenges.

11:45 – 12:15 Avoiding "Compassion Fatigue"

"Compassion Fatigue" is exhaustion caused by focusing more on positive changes in the world than our own personal health needs. Meghan Freebeck, founder of Simply the Basics and the Acting CEO of Project Homeless Connect, will talk about what is needed to prevent burnout and ensure sustainability of our own wellness when building a system of care for others. In 2017, Meghan was named as one of San Francisco's 11 most inspiring women, and she has been recognized as a top 40 Person Under 40 by SF Business Times.

12:30 – 1:00 Create Positive Relationships

Looking to transform an unhealthy relationship? La Casa de las Madres will support girls in recognizing potentially abusive relationships, understanding what creates a healthy relationship, and getting clear about how the cycle of violence may apply to their lives. La Casa de las Madres offers shelter, advocacy and support services to women, teens, and children exposed to and at risk of abuse and domestic violence.

1:15 – 1:45 Protect Yourself and Your Community

Shared Hope International's workshop sheds light on the serious issue of human trafficking for today's teens, educating participants on how teens in the USA today are targeted, chosen, stalked, recruited and groomed by sex traffickers. You will leave feeling empowered and better suited to prevent this atrocious crime from happening to friends and family.

2:00 – 2:30 Tips on Assertive Communication

Join Girls Leadership for this activity to learn the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication styles. We'll explore not only what we say, but how we say it. Girls Leadership offers camps and workshops designed to teach girls, educators and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression.

2:45 – 3:15 Being Yourself in the midst of Social Media Pressure

In this fun, interactive workshop, About-Face will help you look at how the messages on the Internet, social media, movies, TV shows, and ads/commercials can affect how you feel about yourself, and what you can do to take your power back. Learn the techniques companies use to sell you products and get the tools you need to fight back against pressure to be someone other than your true self. About-Face frees girls from the confines of a toxic culture so they can fulfill their potential. This workshop is best for for ages 13-18.

3:30 – 4:00 Change Your Community — Find your Political Power

Use your voice to change your community. This interactive workshop will introduce girls to political leaders. Declare your ambition after hearing the words of trailblazing leaders. IGNITE is an organization working to build a movement of young women who are ready to become the next generation of political leaders.

4:15 – 4:45 #GirlsMakeMedia – Your Guide to Creating & Sharing Media

Spotlight: Girls believes that films, plays, poems, art, and media created by girls for girls will change the world. Their guide, #GirlsMakeMedia, helps tween girls navigate creating and consuming media online in safe, fun, healthy ways. During this workshop, you will gain an understanding of what media is and why it’s important, what to share (and what not to share) online, and how to use media to express your stories and ideas in powerful ways.

See Schedule Page | Programming the Finch Robot in Java with Greenfoot

In this session from Oracle Academy you will learn how to program a small friendly programmable robot known as Finch in Greenfoot using Java. You will create an interface to control the functions of the Finch including directional control, sensors, sounds and much more. As a reminder, Oracle Academy recommends ages 12+ for the Greenfoot Finch Workshop.

See Schedule Page | Basic IoT Programming with Accenture

Come learn basic programming skills and build an interactive IoT device that connects to your phone. Get introduced to coding language and hands-on building and then enjoy playing games with your technological creations!

See Schedule Page | Get Creative in the Kitchen with Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma invites you to come taste smoothies and get hands-on experience with Bay Area chefs. Oakland Chef Terry Braggs will teach you how to make yogurt parfaits and demo his famous biscuits. Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate will teach you how to make chocolate raspberry truffles. Additional sessions will include decorating sweet confections!