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High Point, 2007-2008

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Our High Point Branch has been very busy exploring new topics for our programs and new partnerships for our advocacy efforts.

In the fall our programs included summer fun activities and an introduction the Advocacy program of NCAAUW. We hosted the fall state Leadership Conference, visited China with Dr. Jim Corey, and played BINGO for Fun and EF contributions.

The winter programs included Dr. Mary Stephens who talked about her dissertation “Empowered Black Teen Mothers, Overcoming Barriers to Educational Attainment.” We learned more about the Arts in High Point from the Principal of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts- a review.

The spring presented a fun way to learn about Women’s History when we placed ourselves in roles to portray the trail-blazing women of North Carolina history. Of course April is our state conference hosted by the triad branches, after which Karen Perry will talk about the Pay Gap: a review of AAUW literature. The grand finale will be our annual picnic in June at the Mendenhall Plantation in Jamestown.

We have been very busy with our various advocacy projects. We have been collaborating with the High Point YWCA and attended their Annual Meeting – we purchased a $500.00 as a donation to the YW, in addition, donations of clothing for Women in Transition Clothing Closet were made to the YW, and we had a booth at the West End Community Center Open House sponsored by the City of High Point.

Other collaborations are in the planning stages with High Point University and the Roy B. Culler Senior Center for a reading “club” for seniors following the Adelente list of AAUW. In addition, this year the High Point Branch will offer the Evelyn Thompson Scholarship program for graduating high school seniors in High Point area high schools.