Hundreds of junior high and high school students from Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties are convening at a symposium to be addressed by Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on April 11 at the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.
Called "Imagine Yourself ...," the program is designed to inspire and engage students in dialogue with civic leaders who have succeeded despite challenging backgrounds.
"Students need everyday heroes and to see themselves in the stories told by those heroes," says organizer Lisa Carreño, Regional Director of 10,000 Degrees in Sonoma County. "Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye will share her story and encourage students to imagine themselves more courageous and more capable of fulfilling their dreams and changing the world."
The Chief Justice was similarly encouraged when she was a girl. After meeting housing lawyer Gloria Majino Ochoa, one of the first Filipina lawyers admitted to the California bar, Justice Cantil-Sakauye's mother challenged her to imagine herself becoming a lawyer, which she did.