YWCA El Paso del Norte Region (YWCA) is excited to announce Erin Gruwell as special guest and Keynote Speaker for the 24th Annual Women’s Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on April 27, 2017 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center.
Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent attracted Hollywood’s attention, and in 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Erin’s extraordinary journey with her 150 high school students who dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to Civil Rights activists the Freedom Riders.
Inspired by Anne Frank, Erin and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. Through poignant student entries and Erin’s narrative text, the book records their “eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding.” Their inspiring story of success is also chronicled in the documentary, Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War, which features behind the scenes footage of Erin and the Freedom Writers from their freshman year to present day.
Erin and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters’ The View, and Good Morning America, to name a few. Their story has earned them dozens of awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writer Teachers also collaborated with Scholastic to create On the Record, an innovative reading and writing program. On the Record uses the Freedom Writer Methodologies to improve students’ reading and writing skills, as well as their lives.
Erin continues to fight for equality in education and inspires teachers and students all over the world with her work.
Over the past 23 years, YWCA’s Women’s Luncheon has become a staple community event in El Paso. Each year, around 2000 people gather to learn more about YWCA programs and hear from an empowering woman. All funds raised benefit local YWCA programs that work to improve and strengthen the El Paso community.
For information on purchasing a ticket to the luncheon or underwriter opportunities, please visit ywcaelpaso.org or click here.