SACRAMENTO – A local organization is doing its part to equip young people with the tools they need to be leaders–in their families, schools and in their communities. Sisters of Nia, Inc. is now taking registration for its Fourth Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 22 at Sacramento Charter High School. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference is open to girls and boys from ages 11-14 and will include guest speakers, workshops and interactive panel discussions.

This year’s theme is “Take A Stand!” and participants will receive information and resources on speaking out against bullying and developing positive self-esteem and leadership skills. Workshop presenters include Dr. Aisha Lowe, the former executive director of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s education organization, Stand Up! Dr. Lowe will share her motivational story of going from making bad decisions in her youth to graduating, with two degrees, from prestigious Stanford University.

The conference will also feature a student-led workshop titled, “What Would You Do?” The improv session, inspired by the popular television show, asks young participants how they’d respond to incidents of bullying.

“They may not realize it, but young people have the power to put an end to a lot of the bullying that’s going on today,” shared Sisters of Nia executive director, Synthia Smith.

“It’s not always that they don’t want to speak up, it’s often that they simply don’t know how to do so. That’s where this conference can help.”

Sacramento Charter High School is located at 2315 34th Street. The conference is free to those who register by Wednesday, March 19. Registration will only be accepted online at Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.