Several years ago, I became acquainted with a small, but impressive nonprofit, Martinez Street Women's Center (MSWC). Squeezed in a small row of storefronts on East Hackberry, MSWC offers programs and resources for women and girls in the pursuit of their own physical, emotional, and social well-being, primarily serving those who face barriers to accessing health care and education.
Since 1999, their outreach has grown and evolved to include more collaboration, partnerships and solidly focused programs. This Mother's Day, Saturday, May 5, MSWC presents “Mothers Raising the Next Generation of Leaders" at the Women's Club of San Antonio. The brunch runs from 9:30 to noon and will feature dialogue with San Antonio Councilwomen--District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, District 3 City Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna, and District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan.
As business leaders and mothers of daughters, the three Councilwomen will share their unique perspective on the future of young women in San Antonio. “As community leaders, the Councilwomen are wonderful role models for the girls in our Girl Zone program,” said Joleen Garcia, Executive Director of the Martinez Street Women’s Center.
"This is an excellent opportunity for women everywhere to encourage daughters to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Councilwoman Chan. “The path to leadership in any field requires a commitment to success, making it especially crucial that we support our daughters as they pursue rigorous studies in math and science.”
Tickets for the brunch are $125 per person and can be purchased online at mswomenscenter.org or by calling MSWC at 534-6638. The Woman’s Club of San Antonio is located at 1717 San Pedro Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds from this event benefit the health and education programs at MSWC.
San Antonio activist and nonprofit veteran Laura Carter believes in enabling the community to work from the heart, not just the wallet. During her time at the San Antonio Area Foundation, Laura implemented new technology, managing website design and content for all published materials. She introduced multimedia and social media into the communications plan, increasing the community's participation in the Foundation's programs. She is currently Communications Director at Providence Catholic School.