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Adelante's GirÍn a 'Woman of Achievement'


Director of Adelante Chicas program in Forest Grove feted in Portland

Cecilia Girón, director of the Adelante Chicas program for the Forest Grove nonprofit Adelante Mujeres, received a Women of Achievement Award from the Oregon Commission for Women (OCW) last Saturday during a ceremony in Portland.

Girón, who was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, “has overcome innumerable social, economic, and cultural challenges and has now been mentoring girls facing similar challenges for 15 years,” read a press release from OCW. With the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Tech Wizards Program [and] the Washington County Web Wizards and Computer Technology Project, Robotics and Video Arts, then the Oregon Historical Society’s Portraits of Oregon Project, and now with Adelante Chicas, she has provided exposure to nontraditional skills and opportunities, helping girls develop skills and confidence, stay in school, and look forward to brighter futures.”

Girón joined Adelante Mujeres — which empowers low-income Latinas and their families by offering parenting and job skills classes and other activities — in 2010. Adelante Chicas is the parent organization’s outreach program geared toward younger Latinas. Girón works with at-risk Latina children, youth and families in western Washington County.

Four honorees received awards at the April 5 event, hosted by Secretary of State Kate Brown in the Jean Vollum Center in downtown Portland.

The award, instituted in 1985, recognizes women for “leadership and success in their area of expertise, promoting the status of women in society, reflecting a commitment to equity and diversity and serving as exemplary role models,” according to the OCW’s website.