Girls’ Day Out 2018

Our tenth annual Girls' Day Out was held on Wednesday, November 14, at the Glen Sanders Mansion. Thanks to Catherine Snyder for putting this slide show together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjbWcwMfYJs

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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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Circles of Support 2018 Fundraiser – Thank you!

This year's WGGS member recipient of our Roots & Wings award was Gwynne DeLong, founding member and past President of the Board. Gwynne shared that she was grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the Schenectady community after retiring from teaching for 35 years as well as for the friendships she's made over the years with fellow volunteers. She gave a particular shout-out to Helga Shroeter, who first encouraged her to volunteer with the Schenectady's League of Women Voters, where our founders first conceived of the idea for WGGS. Roots & Wings awards ...

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Our Newest WGGS Board Members

We're so pleased to introduce you to our two newest board members.   Pam Carter Pam has served as Muse at Central Park Middle School and Oneida Middle School. Pam is active at her church and in the community. She volunteers with the SICM Food Pantry and serves as a Board Member with Safe Inc. and with the YWCA of NorthEastern NY. She's also an SCSD graduate.   Lakeia Allen Bowman Lakeia served as a Muse at Central Park Middle School and currently works as a mental health counselor for SEAT (Social Enterprise and Training for 16-24 year old out-of-...

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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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New Board Members Joining Us

We're pleased to report that three outstanding women have just joined our executive board. Suzanne DeWald holds a B.A. in English Education as well as a Masters of Public Administration. She recently retired after 23 years as the Development Officer for the Schenectady City School District. Prior to her work with the District, Suzanne held leadership positions in public and non-profit organizations. Since retirement she has begun providing grant consulting services. Tanya Hull has been a muse since 2015. She has served at Paige Elementary School and Central Park ...

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