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Women in Media

Step Up honored Geena Davis with an Inspiration Award in 2006.

Step Up teen Angelica Luna shares her experience attending the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media global symposium in New York City. 

On September 22, I attended a global conference about how gender is being portrayed in media. Geena Davis was the founder of her institute and she presented the first study about gender in films. I would like to give a special thanks to Step Up for giving me the special opportunity to attend this global conference.

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Teen of the Month: New York’s Nowrin


Three words that describe Nowrin are passionate, inquisitive and funny.  But, there is so much more to this Step Up teen! Although Step Up’s after-school program and Nowrin’s 10th grade year of high school have just started, she has already been very active. Nowrin attended The Container Store Salon as a teen ambassador, in early September, and recently attended Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour with a Step Up mentor.

Norwin’s family is originally from Bangladesh which has given her a unique perspective and interest in global and social justice issues.  Everyone who meets Norwin instantly recognizes her charisma and ability to charm people through her humor and genuine interest others. These are some great qualities for a future leader!

Volunteer of the Month: Chicago’s Ashley Prentice

Ashley Prentice

Luminary Circle member Ashley Prentice is a dedicated and enthusiastic teen mentor, Events Committee member, and all-around Step Up all-star. Her dedication for the organization shines through in her passion for our mission of inspiring women to inspire girls.

“I volunteer with Step Up because I’ve made it a commitment to inspire other young women to achieve their fullest potential. I’m here to make an impact in their life so that they can do the same one day. In all actuality, it’s the young women in this program who teach so many invaluable lessons and for that I’m thankful for the opportunity each day to help them show the world that they’re courageous, confident, and inexplicably awesome!”

Ashley, thank you for all that you do for Step Up!

Luminary Circle Member of the Month: Los Angeles’ René Nourse

Rene Nourse

René Nourse, founder and managing director at Urban Wealth Management, has been a Step Up member since 2006. Does René look familiar to you? Maybe that’s because she’s been featured on CNBC’s World Channel for her expertise in finance! Or maybe it’s because as a dedicated Luminary Circle member, she’s given of her treasure and time. René has participated as a mentor and has attended countless events, inspiring women and girls with her intellect and generosity. Thank you René, for your commitment to inspiring girls to become confident, college-bound, and career-focused.


Missing in Action

Step Up honored Geena Davis with an Inspiration Award in 2006.

Step Up teen Seanna Viechweg shares her experience attending the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media global symposium in New York City. 

This past week, I had the honor of attending a global conference that focused on creating media with more positive representations of women and girls around the world. After being introduced to the concept of feminism just last year, and hearing that Geena Davis would be speaking, I could not wait to attend.

Before going to the conference, I thought I already knew what I was getting myself into. I assumed that the day would consist of speakers such as Geena talking about the many ways that women are misrepresented in the media. Such as being sexualized, stereotyped, and or degraded. As I have seen for myself through the many movies and or television shows that I have been exposed to.
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