ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Correction: One of the co-founder's names has been corrected to Chelsea Bruce.
After attending a Women Empowerment Summit back in October, two students from Dimond High School are promoting education on women's issues, exploring professional opportunities, and even giving back to the community by creating the school's first ever Women's Club.
The Co-Founders and Co-Presidents are sophomore Chelsea Bruce and junior Naomi Cashion. The students were amazed by the feedback they received after starting the club, as their first meeting had about 50 students in attendance.
It wasn't just girls though – roughly a quarter of members are Dimond High boys.
"It's amazing to see how many people came out to our first meeting, and to see that people really do care about these [issues] at Dimond," said Cashion. "I hope everyone in the club can come out really empowered and more aware of issues in our country right now."
During group meetings, the students bring in guest speakers, find ways to volunteer, and focus on important issues that women in Alaska face.
"Women in Alaska are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than anywhere else in the country," Bruce said. "That was crazy to me. This needs to end, and people need to be aware."
Dimond Women's Club also takes special pride in giving back to the community and those in need. Just in these past six months alone, Dimond Women's Club has marched downtown, decorated cookies for Clare House, and even brought in over $2,000 worth of clothing for Covenant House.