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NYT Bestselling Author to Keynote Girl Summit

GIRLS FOR A CHANGE SUMMIT FEATURES NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AS KEYNOTE
Leading Social Change Organization Launches Year to Transform the Lives of Low Income Girls in Santa Clara County

San Jose, September 28, 2006 – Girls For A Change (GFC), the leading non-profit organization for urban youth, today announced they will feature Cupcake Brown as a keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Girl Summit on October 12, 2006 at the San Jose Convention Center. GFC catalyzes professional women to support urban middle and high school girls to become social change makers and innovators, by empowering them to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle problems they face in their neighborhoods.

Ms. Brown is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir A Piece of Cake (Crown Publishers). She has been featured on National Public Radio; on television shows ranging from CNN and PBS to CBS’s “The Early Show”; in newspapers from The San Francisco Chronicle to The Minneapolis Star Tribune; and in many magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, California Lawyer, Guideposts, Essence, Ebony, Marie Claire, and JET. Glamour Magazine named her its “Hero of the Month,” and O: The Oprah Magazine profiled her as a “Phenomenal Woman.”

The Girl Summit will bring together 1,000 girls and 500 women participants at the San José Convention Center to kick off the year-long experience. The Summit gives girls an opportunity to discuss current issues affecting their communities, participate in knowledge building work shops and gather information for their 2006-2007 social change projects. Brown will join a number of other speakers and facilitators at the event to educate participants on current issues such as, body image, public policy, connecting cultures, homelessness and environmental justice. The one day event will prepare young women to speak-up, lead and implement change within their communities. The event is sponsored by numerous corporations, including National Semiconductor, Heffernan Group, Kaiser Permanente, and Camino Medical Center.

“Girls For A Change is committed to giving all girls the opportunity to fly, the opportunity to invent, and the opportunity to experience the spark that comes with seeing your own idea take form and make a difference,” said Whitney Smith, Co-CEO, Girls For A Change. “We read Cupcake’s book and we’re moved by her strength and determination. Many of the young women we serve can relate and connect to her experiences. We want them to know that no matter what you encounter you can overcome your circumstances to live your dreams.”

“National Semiconductor is proud to sponsor the Fourth Annual Girl Summit, Girls for a Change’s largest and most powerful event of the year,” said Joan Scott, director of community relations, National Semiconductor. “It brings girls together to discuss issues affecting their communities and is doing something rather revolutionary. The organization asked girls what their lives are like, what they worry about as well as how they want their lives and community to be different. All we need to do is give these girls the space, connections and support to create their own solutions.”

About Girls For A Change:
Girls For A Change (GFC), a non-profit organization, catalyzes professional women to support urban middle and high school girls to become social change makers and innovators, by empowering them to design, lead, fund, and implement social change projects that tackle problems they face in their neighborhoods. GFC provides the tools, resources, and support girls need to move from being spectators to being leaders. To learn more about the organization please visit: http://www.girlsforachange.org/ or http://www.hercity.org/.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Whitney Smith
Co-CEO
Girls For A Change
408-529-7226
whitney@girlsforachange.org

Katie Watson
Voce Communications, Inc.
650-228-5169
kwatson@vocecomm.com


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