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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Looking Forward to Girls’ Day Out 2017!

We are very excited to announce that the 9th Annual Girl's Day Out Conference will be held on November 15, 2017!  WGGS has invited 150 seventh-grade girls to spend the day at the Glen Sanders Mansion where they'll attend inspiring workshops, make connections, feel supported and cared for, and of course enjoy great food! This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Margaret Barrow. After spending a traumatic childhood in foster care, Dr. Barrow earned her Doctorate in English Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. She lives in New York City, where she is ...

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Circles of Support Celebration: Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Circles of Support Celebration on October 5, 2017! Together, with your help, we raised more than $14 K at our October fundraiser. We're so grateful to our co-chairs, Mark and Terri Little, our many sponsors, and everyone who attended the event.   Our Gold Circle Sponsors include: William G. Byrns Dianne Crozier Gwynne DeLong Janet & Richard Evans Fenimore Asset Management Gail Hill Gordon Nahla & Genghis Kahn Teresa M. Kennedy Pauline & Don Kinsella Don Leibers & Ann Reilly Mark & Terri ...

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2017 Roots & Wings Award Recipients

Our annual Roots & Wings award was established in 2014 to formally recognize WGGS members who have labored with love in service to our girls (our roots)  and, our community partners who have consistently supported us. Roots & Wings recipients have changed girls' lives for the better, and we're so pleased to share why they've earned our gratitude & admiration. This year we're proud to honor Miriam Butzel, Ebony Belmar, and the clinicians of the Schenectady City School District. Miriam Butzel :  If you’ve ever attended Girls’ Day Out or a Celebration ...

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Circles of Support Celebration

We're pleased to announce that Mark and Terri Little will be honorary co-chairs for our 2nd annual Circles of Support Celebration fundraiser. We'll be gathering on Thursday, October 5, from 5:30-7:30 pm a the Mohawk Golf Club, and we'd love to have you join us! We'll have hors d'oeuvres, a wine & beer bar, and wonderful gift baskets to raffle. We'll also be honoring our 2017 Roots & Wings Award recipients: Miriam Butzel, Generous Supporter of Girls' Circles Ebony Belmar, WGGS Founding Mother and Board Member Schenectady City School District ...

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Parents’ Day Out 2017

On April 12, we held our second Parents' Day Out at Glen Sanders Mansion. Our workshop topics included financial literacy, communicating with your child, coping with stress, advocating for your child, and more. We're thankful to community contributors like Wealth Education Exchange, Create Community Studios, Yoga Bliss on the Boulevard, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region. Our afternoon activities included arts expression as well as a World Café, in which parents were able to connect with each other and school, ...

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Spotlight on Girls – Social Media PSA

At the 2016 Girls' Day Out, some 7th graders discussed how words on social media can hurt. With the guidance of Kristina Graves, Mont Pleasant Library Media Specialist, and Victoria Abdullay, Oneida ELA teacher, they produced a public service announcement. Click here to view the video PSA.

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Digital Citizenship

We heard from local teens as they talked about the ups and downs of their digital lives at our program Digital Citizenship and Social Media: A Conversation for Families on  November 1 in the McChensey Room at the Schenectady Central Library. They discussed issues like how social media affects their relationships and their lives and gave us candid information about activities like cyber-bullying and sexting. We are hoping to have more workshops like these in the future to educate parents and the community so that we can guide our 'tweens and teens to make good choice...

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Muse Update

We're pleased to announce that we've completed muse recruiting for the 2016-2017 school year. Training has begun! If you'd like to reach us for more information right away or help us as a muse in the future,  please email us at info@wggschenectady.org If you'd like to keep up with other volunteer or fundraising opportunities, please subscribe to our quarterly email newsletter.

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Spotlight On Girls – Poem

At our first Girls Day Out event, one of the girls wrote this poem:

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