SAGE Newsletter

SAGE headerFall, 2011
Dear Partner,

Welcome to the quarterly SAGE Newsletter. This is our way of regularly updating you on the work we are doing to increase awareness of women in underrepresented careers such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).Thank you for supporting our mission throughout the year.

– The SAGE Board

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Mission

SAGE is a non-profit organization that inspires and educates girls (grades 6-12) to pursue careers in under represented fields.We accomplish our mission by providing speakers, trainers, and outreach volunteers to the community and by consulting and partnering with like-minded organizations.

Learn more or volunteer to be a speaker at our website.

Laura Leavitt PhotoPresident’s Letter
As we emerge from celebrating the nation’s day of Thanksgiving into the winter holiday season, I want to extend our gratitude to all of you who have volunteered your time and effort to further the mission of SAGE.This year we’re also grateful to have a new board member, Amy Rose. Amy is a student of political science with a passion for young people and social justice. Through academic study and independent travel in Europe and Africa, Amy has developed a love for diversity and change. In Africa she experienced firsthand the effects of poverty; she learned that besides money and materials, it takes a sincere investment of time and knowledge to effect meaningful change.

AmyAmy is currently working on a BA in International Relations at UC Berkeley where she is also a director for a literacy development program, BUILD. Having worked with at risk youth in Sacramento area middle and high schools and non-profits, Amy joined us because she believes SAGE is a powerful way to connect young women with professionals who can inspire them to actualize their dreams. As our new Director of Marketing, Amy connects SAGE with like-minded organizations and has created a presence for us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and a new blog. Check it out at sacsage.wordpress.com.

This year we again supported the American Society of Women Accountants’ student night and the Expanding Your Horizons science event for young girls co-sponsored by AT&T & CSUS; we provided speakers at Futures High School and the California Aerospace Academy; our volunteers were judges for a Science and Engineering Fair – and separately for senior projects – at the Aerospace Academy. An engineer presented a workshop and an attorney spoke about her career path at the Cesar Chavez event at Cooley Middle School. We are grateful for these and other opportunities and look forward to making many more connections with bright young women in 2012. We wish you warm and happy holidays!

Laura L. Leavitt, CFP®
President

Speaker Spotlight
Marci Arrendondo

Marci
This month, SAGE is honored to put the spotlight on Marci Arredondo, Deputy City Attorney for Stockton.  Marci worked and studied hard to achieve her current position.
Marci grew up knowing that she loved to debate so the law was a natural career choice for her.  She was drawn to a profession where being a zealous advocate was valued.  When she looked around at career options, she also became painfully aware that there were not many women in leadership roles.  Encouraged by her professors who recognized her passion, Marci resolved to make a difference.
Growing up, Marci found there were no Mexican-American female role models to look up to. This strengthened her resolve to share her experiences with other women and open up possibilities to young girls. She felt that finding her way through her career was analogous to walking in a dark room always guessing whether an obstruction was in her path. Marci is determined to pass on her experience so that others do not have to walk in the dark as she did.
Marci gains a sense of accomplishment knowing that she has put out her hand to make it easier for others to reach their goals. Her one wish for her involvement with SAGE is to change a life; to help a few lifelong mentees achieve their goals by being their shoulder to lean on. Although not everyone may take advantage of this generous offer, Marci feels great knowing she did all she could do to help others.

Inspiring Opportunities

Are you looking for an easy way to give back? Make a New Year’s resolution to help SAGE connect with Sacramento student groups, after school programs, teachers, and guidance counselors.
SAGE provides speakers who offer perspective, insight, and advice on pursuing STEM and underrepresented careers. Our speakers are role models who open students’ eyes to the possibilities. These careers enable us to change the world and make the lives of our friends and family better and easier.
Many of you have friends or neighbors who work with young women during school or after school. Many of you have children in middle school or high school or have friends or neighbors with children in middle school or high school. Please reach out to them next time you’re catching up and let them know about SAGE. We are always looking for more opportunities to connect with young women in the community. We are focusing on growing the number of schools, programs, and teachers we work with and need your help to continue our mission.
Anyone can sign up to have a SAGE speaker come to them on our website http://www.sacsage.org/speaker_request.html
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