Women's Empowerment Breakthrough (WEB)

Helping young women explore, define, and achieve their goals


Women's Empowerment Breakthrough was conceptualized in 2003 when Courtney Osterfelt decided to create a conference for young women in response to high rates of teen pregnancy, drug use, and sexual assault in Yavapai County. Since it's inception, WEB has grown into a non-profit organization that hosts many events throughout the year. In addition to the conference, we host music and film festivals, monthly workshops, and an annual trip to Kenya. Young women are given an active voice in WEB through the Teen Advisory Council, a leadership development program that gives teenage girls practical experience in non-profit organizing.

With only 40 girls in its first year, the conference now brings over 70 girls (ages 14-18) from all over Yavapai county. Throughout the weekend, girls are offered their choice of workshops facilitated by local professional women and community members who volunteer their time and support to WEB. The workshops cover such topics as women's health, body image, using your voice, self esteem, family dynamics, safe relationships, self-expression through art, leadership, self-defense, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. The conference takes place every September at Mingus Springs Camp on Mingus Mountain.

You can also find us on our WEB Wordpress site.


Courtney Osterfelt (Faculty Representative): costerfelt@prescott.edu

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