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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Presidents’ Note – The Circle, May 2018

This year we are pleased to announce the expansion of our Girls' Circle Program to include mothers and daughters. We piloted this new effort at Mont Pleasant Middle School and Central Park Middle School. Moms and girls met for about 90 minutes each week for 6 weeks and talked about issues that affect teens and women. Child care and dinner were provided for participants. Using activities and crafts the groups explored ideas like healthy relationships, stress management, self compassion, social media, sibling rivalry and planning and building dreams for the future. One of ...

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WGGS History: The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County

Did you know that WGGS started out as a project of League of Women Voters of Schenectady County? In 2003, one of our founding mothers, Joanne Tobiessen, attended a League of Women Voters convention in Washington, DC and came home inspired by Doris Shapira, the League’s UN observer, who talked about her work with The International Working Group on Girls. The International WGG is a UNICEF coalition of over 75 national and international non-governmental organizations with representation at the United Nations dedicated to promoting the human rights of girls, advancing the ...

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Presidents’ Note – The Circle, February 2018

Girls' Day Out 2017 was another 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. Click here for some pictures from this year's event. Girls' Circles have begun, and we're launching a new program, Mother-Daughter Circles, at Central Park and Mont Pleasant Middle schools in the evenings beginning after Winter Break. Our intention is to strengthen our ...

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WGGS History: Our Earliest Annual Programs

WGGS was initiated in fall 2004 by League of Women Voters (LWV) and American Association of University Women (AAUW) as a collaborative committee with representatives from agencies serving girls, including the Boys and Girls Club, Capital Region BOCES, Carver APPS, Girls Inc., Girls Scouts NENY, Niskayuna School District, PFLAG, SAFE House, Schenectady City School District (SCSD), Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson (PPMH), Schenectady YWCA, and students from Union College and Schenectady High School. We began with annual forums. ...

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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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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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Presidents’ Note – The Circle, November 2017

Thanks to all who were able to join us in October for our 2nd Annual Circles of Support Fundraiser. It was wonderful to gather together, to celebrate our honorees, and to talk about all of our recent activities. We are especially grateful to Mont Pleasant 8th grader Marangely Rodriguez for her bravery in sharing her Girls' Circle experiences with us. Our connections with the community continue to grow. We are currently working with The Schenectady Foundation and Big Brothers & Big Sisters on a project called 'Mentor Link'. This is bringing together many nonprofit ...

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