Announcing the 2016 #YearOfTheGirl Summit

The 2016 #YearOfTheGirl Summit will engage a diverse group of girls in meaningful dialogue. The goal of the Summit is to empower girls to make a difference in the community and set personal, academic, and professional goals. The Summit is open to all girls in Leon County grades 7 through 12.

The Commission will accept applications for the Summit beginning today, Monday, August 1, 2016. To submit an application please click HERE. The deadline to apply is September 9th, 2016. 

About the 2016 #YearOfTheGirl Summit:

Who:     Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

What:    2016 #YearOfTheGirl Summit

When:   Friday, September 23, 2016

Where:  City Hall, 300 S. Adams Street

When:   8:30 AM -1:30 PM

Cost:      FREE

Note: Lunch will be provided. Parking will be validated

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By accepting the invitation to attend the Year of the Girl Summit, I authorize the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and its community partners and affiliates, including but not limited to The Oasis Center for Women & Girls, City of Tallahassee and Leon County governments, to take, use, and publish photographs, video recordings and audio recordings of me, content from interviews, and my original writing or artwork with or without my name. I understand these photographs, recordings, interview content, artwork and writing may be used in print and/or electronic format without compensation for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as education, research, public relations, and marketing.

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Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Announces

R. Jai Gillum

as Special Guest Speaker at #YearOfTheGirl Summit

R. Jai Gillum, the first lady of Tallahassee, will be a special guest and provide remarks at the at the 2016 #YearOfTheGirl Summit. The Summit will take place on September 23, 2016 at City Hall.
“We are delighted that R. Jai will join us as a special guest speaker at our #YearOfTheGirl Summit,” said Sha’Ron James, Chair of the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. “R. Jai is an extraordinary role model for girls and we are grateful that she will be working alongside the Commission as we continue to encourage, empower, and inspire girls in our community.”
R. Jai Gillum is the Director of Income & Health Strategies for the United Way of the Big Bend and is an alumna of Florida A&M University. She has served on both the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Her other local community involvement includes Leadership Tallahassee, Board of Governors, Children’s Campaign Board of Directors, and she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. R. Jai is married to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and the mother of twins – Jackson Bailey and Caroline Jai.
The #YearOfTheGirl Summit will engage a diverse group of girls in meaningful dialogue. The goal of the Summit is to empower girls to make a difference in the community and set personal, academic, and professional goals. The Summit is open to all girls in Leon County grades 7 to 12.

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 Announcing the Year of the Girl!

The Commission on the Status of Women & Girls is recognizing girls ages 5-17 who are doing great things in our community! If you know a girl who is making things happen let us know by filling out the nomination form below. Are you a girl who is doing something great? Nominate yourself!

Each month, we will recognize one outstanding girl in our community – look for our next honoree in September 2016!

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Nomination Form – Required

Statemet of Release Form – REQUIRED

Year of the Girl- Frequently Asked Questions

Be sure to tag your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts with #YEAROFTHEGIRL! 

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Meet Our August Year of the Girl Honoree: Haniah Edwards!

About the August 2016 #YearOfTheGirl honoree: 

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Haniah Edwards is a Spelling Bee Champion and is a Tropicana Speech first-prize winner. Her speech highlighted the challenges of skipping the first grade, which resulted in her being physically smaller than her classmates. She has transformed her winning speech into a blog, which aims to boost girls’ self-esteem.

Haniah is involved in the National Elementary School Honor Society, the Leon County Gifted Program, and the National Achievers Society. She is on the competition team for Dance Fusion Studios, plays the piano, and takes gymnastics. She serves as a youth volunteer with the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association.

Haniah’s goal is to be a “singing brain surgeon,” envisioning a world in which girls can be both neurosurgeons and singers at the same time. Her hashtag is #SmallGirlBigWorld.


2014-2015 Annual Report

The Commission has released their Annual Report for the 2014-2015 year. To check out what the CSWG has accomplished over the past year, please click here.


Interested in the CSWG speaking at your next meeting?

Let us know! We have a Speakers Bureau that would be excited to talk to other community groups about the work our Commissioners are doing in Tallahassee/Leon County! Contact our Staff Liaison at admin@tallahasseeleoncswg.com or (850) 222-2747 for more information.