Coast Guard Hosting Leadership Day for Women of Tomorrow

MIAMI – Coast Guard personnel will provide interactive water training and tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant and Station Miami Beach to nearly 75 members of a young women’s program at Coast Guard Sector Miami at 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Young women participating in Women of Tomorrow (WOT) will interact with members of local Coast Guard units to learn not only about the Coast Guard, but also learn from the experiences of Coast Guard members.

Events scheduled for the day include line heaving and life ring throwing, tours of operational units, water training and a discussion panel.

The Coast Guard Leadership Day is in its third year and reaching out to teenage women at-risk of not graduating high school. The WOT and the Scholarship Program inspire and empower these young women to live up to their full potential via different programs and scholarship opportunities.

“It gives me great pride to provide a forum where these young women can see their potential through the Coast Guard Leadership Day and to show them that they can succeed at anything they want to do when they believe in themselves,” said Lt. Cmdr. Stacey Mersel, executive officer of the cutter Valiant. “There will be a panel of Coast Guard women from the most junior enlisted to senior officers who will share their life experiences. This is my way of giving back to my community.”

The WOT program was started in 1997 by Jennifer Valoppi, a television journalist, and Don Browne, Telemundo Network President and CEO. The WOT program is in its ninth year and currently reaches more than 1,500 young women in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Source: USCG D7 Public Affairs

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