Women mentors sought for event

Locals will share experiences with teens

— Everyone had one.

When you were young, there was one adult whom you looked up to and who inspired you toward the future you are living now.

Now, it's your turn to be that person for someone else.

The Women's Foundation of Colorado is looking for local women to share their stories and their talents with eighth-grade girls on Routt County Career Day.

The event will be held April 15 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The day will be dedicated to workshops, led by local women, that focus on building self-esteem, planning for a career and life enrichment, organizer Karen Bomberg said.

"The goal of the Women's Foundation is to promote financial independence for the girls of the future," Bomberg said.

Female professionals from Routt County will act as one-day mentors to the girls in attendance by explaining their educational background, sharing how they got to where they are and offering advice for anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps.

The Women's Foundation, a Denver-based philanthropic group, partially sponsors the event, which is now in its fourth year.

The career day is also underwritten by area businesses and individuals.

Last year, presenters spoke on everything from technology to the pursuit of art as a career.

"This is a great opportunity for girls to develop career goals and to develop positive feelings about themselves," Bomberg said.

Her own daughter attended the conference last year.

"She came out inspired about making some choices," Bomberg said.

The segment of the conference that was most influential, she said, was the workshops on creating balance in life.

Bomberg's daughter attended a culinary arts class, a drama workshop and a session on dealing with stress.

The conference is designed to present careers as a way to support yourself while promoting a full, well-rounded life outside the office.

Eighth-grade girls from Hayden, Soroco, Steamboat Springs and area private schools are scheduled to attend.

Bomberg said she expects 125 participants.

Career Day is partly organized by a steering committee of eighth-grade girls who choose a theme for the conference.

The committee will meet with Deb Alpe of the Routt County Extension Office in February to choose the theme.

Anyone interested in being a workshop presenter or an administrative volunteer is asked to call Karen Bomberg at 879-1476 or Tibby Speare at 870-9707.

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