|New members of the American Association of University Women Barbara Kyte, right, and Joan Carpenter look over the dessert table at the AAUW membership meeting on June 12 at Yavapai College. |
About 200 women who attended or graduated college are "paying it forward" through membership in the Prescott chapter of American Association of University Women. Or as chapter president Anne Barton renamed the AAUW group - Awesomely Accomplished Unique Women.
The organization's members assembled at Yavapai College June 12 to welcome new members and introduce them to chapter projects and small interest groups.
AAUW is involved with public policy issues of interest on local, state and national levels. So far this year, members have met with legislators, studied Common Core Standards in public education, looked into mental health issues, learned about cyber-bullying, and toured the Career and Technical Education Center near the airport.
Members also connect with girls in high school to offer encouragement and support for higher education through the Sister-to-Sister program. During a luncheon every year, members sit with girls from Chino Valley, Bradshaw Mountain, and Mayer high schools and talk about the value they've found in attending college, and what kinds of courses and careers to explore.
Each high school has a waiting list of girls, said Claudia Greenwood, a 10-year member of AAUW. Students are identified through the federally-funded Yavapai County Educational Talent Search program, which helps students through the college preparation process.
The Women-to-Women program similarly helps older women entering college or returning to school after an absence. About 50 AAUW members have mentored almost 100 women, Greenwood said. Members also volunteer at the three-day Teen Maze, sponsored by ETS.
Special interest groups number around 30 and include five book groups, genealogy, geocaching, computers, hiking, photography, travel, Great Decisions, Lunch Bunch, and special events.
The Prescott chapter next meets on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Community Room at Yavapai College, at 9 a.m. for social time, with table talk beginning at 9:30 a.m. In October, members are encouraged to show up in their undergraduate school colors.
For more information about AAUW Prescott, visit www.aauwprescott.net.