Gratitude for Girls’ Day Out 2016

What a wonderful and inspiring event! The girls were so excited as they arrived, since many were reuniting with old friends who had changed schools for redistricting. They loved the beautifully set tables and got to work applying temporary tattoos with the day’s theme, “Still I Rise,” before settling down to welcomes from WGGS and a keynote address from WNYT’s Elaine Houston.

Morning workshops covered topics like mindfulness, communication, social media, healthy relationships,and more, and they received rave reviews.

After a delicious buffet lunch, the girls split up again for some hands-on, active, and creative workshops that included self-defense, dance, art, singing, drumming, and much more.

Our group of very energized girls loved receiving their t-shirts and backpacks put together by Jeanne Hagerty and full of goodies provided by

  • Boys & Girls’ Clubs
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Fidelis Care
  • First New York
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Junior League of Schenectady & Saratoga Counties
  • Dr. Liebers
  • miSci
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Safe, Inc.
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • Schenectady County Public Library
  • Schenectady Police Department
  • Target
  • Union College
  • YWCA

It was a terrific kick-off to another season of empowering, educating, and supporting girls.

We are so grateful to everyone who helped us put together Girls’ Day Out 2016!

We were fortunate that so many women served as facilitators to share their wisdom and talents with our girls. Thanks to:

  • Victoria Abdulla
  • Yvonne Alex
  • Chrys Ballerano
  • Dr. Deidre Butler
  • Ariante Carter
  • Laura Combs
  • Latisia Danseuse
  • Jean Fei
  • Raeshelle Fraiser
  • Kristina Graves
  • Colleen Guy
  • Tanya Henderson
  • Heather Hutchison
  • Amanda Keil
  • Mary LaFountain
  • Laura LaFontaine
  • Marion Leap
  • Kiana Miller
  • Meegan Monstransky
  • Dawn Przekurat
  • Hemavattie Ramtahal
  • Shirley Readdean
  • Bernice Rivera & middle/high school students
  • Anna Robinson
  • Marva Rochford
  • Nikki Sanders
  • Ana Shaello
  • Diana Suits
  • Angela Tatum & Union students
  • Anasia Thompson-Lawrence

Most of all, we’re grateful to the girls for their energy, enthusiasm, wisdom, and good humor.