The WEB Conference started six years ago in response to the shocking teenage pregnancy statistics of Yavapai County. With only 40 girls in its first year, the conference now brings over 70 girls (ages 13-18) from all over Yavapai County, and sometimes beyond. The overarching goal of the conference is to introduce the participants to a network of supportive women, educational activities, and resources to build confidence and develop leadership skills.
Every September, the participants come to Mingus Springs Camp, nestled on the side of Mingus Mountain. From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, girls partake in team-building initiatives, fun recreational activities and their choice of workshops facilitated by local professional women and community members who volunteers their time and support to WEB. The workshops cover such topics as women’s health,using your voice, self-esteem and positive body-image, family dynamics, safe relationships, substance-abuse prevention, creative expression, leadership skills, sexual-assault awareness, self-defense, cultural diversity, breaking barriers, and even basic auto-mechanics.
Through a network of 30 volunteer staff, of different backgrounds and ages ranging from college students to retiree, WEB girls leave the conference knowing that “WEB is a gigantic safe-house for my emotions, I feel like I really can go out and achieve my dreams” (Rebecca Arriola, WEB Alum, current conference counselor).
The conference cost $60 a participant, however WEB offers partial and full scholarships to any girl who is in need of one. This is made possible through extensive year-round fundraising.