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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Spotlight on Girls: Student Serves as Panelist at the Upstate Latino Summit

Ebony Belmar brought along her student, Lucy, to the Upstate Latino Summit in Albany to serve on a panel during a Youth Engagement Workshop. Ebony reports: "Lucy and I talked about the benefits of Girls' Day Out & Girls' Circles – how being around positive women has helped her to make good choices about her future. Lucy talked about how Girls' Circles gives her a chance to meet girls that might not normally talk to her and it gives her a chance to learn more about other girls & their culture. Lucy was a good choice because she is quiet and would usually get ...

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Clinician Spotlight: Ebony Belmar

We are so grateful for the tireless energy of Ebony Belmar, who serves as the Program Coordinator of Girls' Day Out. A current WGGS board member, Ebony is a social worker at Mont Pleasant Middle School and has been with WGGS since 2005. She is deeply committed to supporting the families of Schenectady. Along with organizing Girls' Day Out, she has also spearheaded the creation of Boys' Day Out & Parents' Day Out. She serves as a liaison between WGGS & the Schenectady City School District. Ebony doesn't just support kids in school: she likes to bring students ...

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President’s Note – The Circle, November 2016

It's been a busy autumn season so far. We had a wonderful time at our first major fundraiser, and we hope that many of you did, too. We've welcomed new muses into our community, and muse training has begun. We've been fine-tuning our new website and we've joined LinkedIn: please follow us or declare yourself our colleague if you're on LinkedIn. Along with planning our annual Girls' Day Out on November 16th, WGGS helped present a presentation on Digital Citizenship and Social Media for parents at the downtown Schnectady Public Library on November 1st. The teen panelists ...

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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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Thanks to Our Basket Donors

The raffle baskets at our first Circles of Support Celebration fundraiser were a huge hit, and we couldn't have offered them without the generous donations of local businesses. We hope that you'll keep them in mind next time you shop and support them as they've helped us support local girls. Raffle baskets included donations from: Blue Ribbon Diner Casual Set Complexions Day Spa – Denise DuBois Coolers to Go – Jane Baldauf Different Drummer’s Kitchen: A Cooks Resource DiviniTea Eastern Mountain Sports Evoke Style G. Willikers Distin...

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Spotlight On Girls – GDO

8th Annual Girls' Day Out To be held on November 16 at the Glen Sanders Mansion and this year's theme is Resilience ~ "Still I Rise".  It's an empowering & inspirational day, leaving 150 seventh-grade girls feeling supported & special.

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Upcoming Events

Digital Citizenship and Social Media: A Conversation for Families Come hear from local teens as they talk about the ups and downs of their digital lives.  November 1, 6 - 7:30 pm  McChensey Room, SCPL Central Library  A light meal will be served. Please RSVP by email - phillipsd@schenectady.k12.ny.us  CLICK HERE for more details

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Become a Muse for 2016-2017

Some of our newest volunteers will be joining us on Thursday, October 20 at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady (8 N Church St) from 6-8 pm. We'll be reviewing the Sexual Abuse Policy and the Volunteer Policy, and we'll follow that with some dedicated training for our 8th grade muses, who will begin Girls' Circles soon. Muses are trained in October and November, and many muses choose to assist with our annual Girls’ Day Out (GDO) event for 7th graders, which will be held on November 16, 2016 at the Glen Sanders Mansion. Muses working with 7th graders will ...

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