YWLC Alumni Monthly Meetings


Meeting: April 7, 5 – 7 PM
Topic: Official Spring Meeting

This is our mandatory spring meeting, which all participants are required to attend. At this meeting, you will summarize and share your TAC story – the challenges, successes, obstacles, and advice for future YWLC participants. This is a celebration of all your hard work!


Karen Rodriguez from KISS THE GROUND
Meeting: March 3, 5 – 7 PM
Topic: Climate Change

Karen Rodriguez is the Stewardship Program Director for Kiss The Ground. Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis. She is excited about regeneration and supporting healthy humanity through food education, regenerating soils, restoring systems and kissing the ground. Two film viewing options available! You can watch with us during the meeting or on your own prior to the meeting.


Libby Carstensen
Meeting: February 3, 5 – 7 PM
Topic: Grieve Better, Live Fully (even in a global pandemic)

Change and changes we didn’t ask for are something we will all experience at some point in life. As a Grief and Resilience Coach, Libby Carstensen offers insight and specific practices to navigate change, acknowledge losses, and process the uncomfortable feelings like grief that accompany loss. She’s been a Master Educator at Chopra (as is Deepak Chopra), an executive and life coach, a kundalini yoga teacher, and a meditation and mindfulness teacher specializing in grief and loss.

Microsoft Workshops

Creating connections with Dear Evan Hansen

When: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting

Microsoft Store and the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen are partnering to provide a free, virtual one-hour workshop for students who want to authentically connect to themselves, friends, family, and their communities during this time of social distancing.

Dear Evan Hansen has received critical acclaim and has inspired conversation about mental health and the perils of living in a society hyperconnected by social media, which can often feel lonely. Workshop participants will define what it means to make authentic connections and explore ways to create those connections. Students choose how they want to connect and will use Microsoft tools to research and create an actionable plan for reaching out.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Define what making a connection means to them.
  • Demonstrate turning goals into a clear and meaningful action plan.
  • Use key applications such as PowerPoint to research, create, and prepare to share their action plan.

Click THIS LINK to watch the workshop recording! You can still benefit from this workshop and its resources.

Learn to Design and Code Apps

When: Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 5pm – 6pm (CST)
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting

In this free virtual workshop, students will learn about apps and how to create them. They will brainstorm their own app idea and learn to code an app with Code.org’s App Lab.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  • Understood what apps are and how coding relates to creating them.
  • Learned coding fundamentals in JavaScript using block-based coding.
  • Learned basic app design skills.

NOTE: For this workshop, you’ll need a free account with Code.org. To set up an account, click here.

Virtual Road Trip with Bing

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5pm – 6:30pm (CST)
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting

Plan your perfect American road trip! During this free virtual workshop, students will choose three national parks or monuments to explore in Bing maps and then put together an exciting PowerPoint presentation showcasing their virtual road trip.

At the end of the workshop students will have:

  • Mapped a 3-stop, road trip of United States national parks and monuments.
  • Virtually explored their chosen parks and monuments, gathering photos along the way.
  • Found facts and history about their chosen parks and monuments.
  • Built a virtual scrapbook of their trip in PowerPoint using the map, facts, and photos they gathered.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s “Hall of Fossils” Tour

When: Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 5pm – 6:30pm (CST)
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting

In this virtual workshop hosted by Microsoft, students learn how to turn their passion into an entrepreneurial business idea. Students get guidance on how to create a business plan and a polished pitch ready to share with others.

By the end of the workshop, students will have:

  • Learned what makes a great product or service idea.
  • Completed a simple business plan.
  • Learned key presentation skills to be able to pitch their business idea.

Internships & Jobs

Tahirih Justice Center

Tahirih Justice Center stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

Boys & Girls Club of Houston

Boys & Girls Club of Houston’s mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Conferences, Events & Programs


With funding from Houston Endowment, the City of Houston, United Way of Greater Houston, and Harris County Department of Education’s CASE for Kids are collaborating to ensure every Houston-area youth can access quality out-of-school programming within the Out 2 Learn network.

Find quality out-of-school programs in the Greater Houston area


Girl Up Southeast Texas Coalition

Girl Up seeks to empower girls in local communities and work towards ensuring that every girl, no matter where she is born, has access to quality education and basic human rights.

“On the RISE!” city-wide opportunity for Junior Girls:

Giving the women of tomorrow the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

World Affairs Council of Dallas & Fort Worth

The World Affairs Council is an ambitious community of learners, leaders and thinkers. The Council is built on the foundation of people who embrace the strength of knowledge. To help us learn, we present authoritative voices who explain the global issues and opportunities that touch local lives.

City of Houston/UNICEF/PEAC Ideathon for High School Students:

PEAC is a platform to support youth social entrepreneurs at the community level. Through unique chapter projects, custom leadership programming, and a network of national leaders, PEAC empower youth entrepreneurs to make a societal impact.

Do you know of an internship or conference or event that the YWLC alumni network would benefit from? Please share it with us! Email ivana@thepangeanetwork.org

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