AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) - GENAustin hosted the 2nd annual Girls Now! Conference at the AnnRichards School for Young Women Leaders in East AustinSaturday.
More than 1,000 young girls from around Central Texas learnedwhat it takes to stand up for themselves now and how to becomestrong women for the future.
"We want these kids to get some real tools for their daily livesand we want them to walk away with practical things they can use todeal with the things they have to deal with," said LolisGarcia-Baab, Girls Now! Conference Director.
Girls from 5th to 12th grade came out to the event. They learnedhow to deal with real life issues affecting girls like bullying andbody image.
Kennedy Huff said it's tough being a girl and is now looking atherself in a new way.
"It's important because it makes you feel a lot better aboutyourself," said Kennedy Huff.
Both mom and dad also came out to support her.
"Not only does it inspire the girls, but it gives the mother anavenue to discuss self esteem and to encourage them to be strong,empowered women," said Shante Huff, Kennedy's Mother.
Desmond Huff, Kennedy's father, was one of the only men atSaturday's event.
"The one thing I love most about my daughter that she doesn'tknow is her unyielding desire to blaze her own trail," said DesmondHuff, Kennedy's Father.
The event was a way to reach out to many young girls,encouraging them to dream big and embrace the possibilities.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.