Program helps teen girls define, achieve their goals

The fifth annual Women's Empowerment Breakthrough (WEB) Conference will be this year from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14, at Mingus Springs Camp on Mingus Mountain northeast of Prescott Valley.

Registration is $60 for the entire weekend, inclusive. Scholarships are available for any girl who may need one. Early-bird registration is available Aug. 1 to 15 for a $10 discount. For information and a registration packet contact Courtney Osterfelt at 350-1007 or Laura Prosseda at

The WEB Conference three-day retreat provides a safe space for teenage girls to explore, define and achieve their goals. Courtney Osterfelt, 2004 Prescott College senior, began the conference as her senior project five years ago in response to the shocking teenage pregnancy statistics of Yavapai County.

The conference has grown over the years to include educational workshops, a young women's film festival, as well as small and large group activities. Throughout the weekend, participants are offered their choice of workshops covering topics such as women's health, body image, using your voice, self-esteem, family dynamics, safe relationships, self-expression through art, leadership, self-defense, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers.

The cost to WEB for each girl who attends the conference is $92. However, WEB charges participants only $60 and grants scholarships to all of the girls who require it. The idea behind the exceedingly low registration fee is that educational experiences such as WEB should be offered at a price that anyone could afford, allowing girls of all different backgrounds to attend.