Excerpts from the 2019 Circles of Support Celebration

There were so many wonderful speeches at the Celebration! Here are a few excerpts. Myauta Ponzo, SCSD student and Girls' Circles participant, speaking about Girls' Circles: "It opened up so many doors. . . I'm just happy that I got to be a part of something so monumental. . . .These ladies gave me a chance, they gave us a chance to be ourselves and empowered us and gave me a sense of what self-love was." Hemavattie Ramtahal, Roots & Wings Award recipient, muse, and workshop leader: "Our Girls' Circles. . . they do incredible things. All of these muses are women ...

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Spotlight on Girls: What Girls Say About Girls’ Circles

At our Celebration Dinner, some girls chose to complete phrases to tell us more about how Girls' Circles impacted them. Here are some responses.I would recommend joining a Girls' Circle because. . . It helps me see who my friends are and it helps me with problems I have in school!It helps open female's mindsIt's fun and motivatingIt's a good experience to see women come together to talk about our life and just communicate.  Even though I am shy and stuff that they have opened me up and I have become more comfortable with talking.It's a fun and family-like group of ...

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2019 Celebration Dinner Displays

The scene is always lovely at our Girls' Circle Celebration, with flowers from Kulak's Nursery and a lovely spread put together by volunteers. But some of our favorite décor are the projects that muses bring from their Girls' Circle to share with all of us. Here are few examples from this year's celebration. If you are a Girls' Circle participant who has an image of your artwork that you'd like to share, please send it to info@wggschenectady.org or share it via our Facebook page and we'll add it here. Thank you!

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Spotlight on Girls: Circles of Support Speakers

  At our recent Circles of Support event, we were joined by two Schenectady High School students who have participated in our programs, Mylika Rozier (right) and Shamiah Walker (middle) from Central Park. Both girls expressed surprise at the care and support that they'd found, and they both particularly noted how impressed they were by how the adult volunteers modeled this caring and support for each other as well as the girls at events. Clearly, they'd absorbed these values, like when Mylika opened her speech announcing, "You all look amazing today." In addition, ...

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Poem by Shamiah Walker

Shamiah shared this poem at our 2018 Girls' Circle Celebration and at our 2018 Circles of Support Fundraiser.   What some people call my beauty I see as flaws my curvaceous bootie as a curse My acne as a blessing and my intelligence as an honor because people don't see the real you unless you make them so I take my stand because it's time to awake 'em and show them the real me I'm not just an hourglass I'm someone who is smart who struggles to past I'm someone who loves to be liked and likes to be loved but they rather see my bottom ...

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Reaching Out: Field Trips to Colleges and a Conference

Several 8th grade and high school girls visited Schenectady County Community College in April. They were welcomed by faculty, staff and students with a brief introduction to making connections and exploring possibilities. From there, they were taken on a tour and had opportunities to explore the Culinary, Biotech and Music departments. They were treated to a delicious lunch in the Van Curler Room. They learned about the importance of making great first impressions, etiquette, and the importance of getting an education. They had the opportunity to ask questions of current ...

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Spotlight on Girls: Inspiration and Creativity

Words are powerful, and many of our Girls' Circle activities focus on the messages we tell ourselves and each other. We can find inspiration and wisdom from our foremothers, sacred texts, and even pop songs. Recently, some of our high schoolers visited C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios for a morning of creative expression together.  Each girl created her own painting to express a message that was inspiring for her. The paintings were almost as beautiful to behold as everyone's smiles! We're so fortunate to have this terrific community resource right in downtown Schenec...

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“Still I Rise” Poem from GDO’s 2017 Poetry Workshop


Girls’ Day Out 2017

What a wonderful day! There aren't enough words to express our gratitude to all of our volunteers, facilitators, and other community members who have demonstrated such generosity, kindness, wisdom, compassion, and dedication to improving the lives of girls in Schenectady. Girls' Day Out would not happen without them. There was plenty of joy and laughter and learning at Girls' Day Out. Here are some images from the day. Special thanks to Catherine Snyder for many of these photos as well as the video below. Many thanks to our Girls' Day Out 2017 Sponsors: The ...

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Circles of Support Fundraiser 2017

At our recent Circles of Support fundraiser, one of our special guests was Marangely Rodriguez, who talked about how what the Girls' Circles program has meant to her. The folks from Mohawk Honda were kind enough to put together a video of the event, including Marangely's words.  Click the image below to view the Facebook video:

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