SOURCE: Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

August 05, 2008 18:39 ET

Speaking Up for Girls! Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council Present We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008

REDLANDS, CA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2008) - Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, along with nationally recognized speakers and authors, are raising awareness of issues affecting girls at We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008.

We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008 is an imperative event, and will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 2-5:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario 91764. Registration fee is $45 and open to the public; and includes an informative conference, book signing opportunity, fun tote bag, journal set and parking. For more information go to, or call (800) 400-GIRL.

Saving the planet and Cyber-bullying are real issues that today's girls are faced with, which is why We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008 is an event that parents and educators can't miss! Embrace the world of "Planet-Girl" as featured keynote speakers Cheryl Charles, Ph. D, Parry Aftab, Carol Platt Liebau and Patricia Diaz Dennis discuss everything from reconnecting children with nature to handling 21st century issues such as cyber-crime and the negative affects of a sex obsessed culture.

Cheryl Charles is president and co-founder of the Children and Nature Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting children with nature. Grounded in research and experience in environmental education, Cheryl will offer practical suggestions for action by community members, to protect their environment as well as the Earth's future.

Parry Aftab is often identified as "the leading expert on cyber-crime in the United States," and was one of the first lawyers to practice Internet law. Parry will be discussing issues and technologies impacting children and families online. She founded and continues to run the world's largest cyber-safety and help group.

Carol Platt Liebau will be discussing her most recent book entitled "Prude: How the Sex Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America Too!)." It is an in-depth look at the forces telling young women that being sexy trumps intelligence and character. Carol believes it is time for a more wholesome teen culture, and says "Prude" is a wake up call to parents.

Patricia Diaz Dennis serves as Girl Scouts of the USA's Chair of the National Board of Directors. She will be discussing pop star Pink's "Stupid Girls" video and the sexualized portrayal of girls in the media and culture.

Sponsor of We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008 is REI.

About Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council (GSSGC) serves more than 15,000 girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. With the dedicated support of 5,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts meets the needs of girls ages 5 to 17 through fun, value-based, educational programs. For more information, visit the GSSGC website at or call (800) 400-4475.

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