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 meaningful connections and emotional support of girls and their mothers by committing to meet each other together on a weekly basis. We plan to touch on topics that include communication, self-compassion, social media, and adolescence.

In addition to GDO, Girls’ Circles, and our Celebration Dinner ,we also work to provide experiences for the girls we serve that will expand their horizons and inspire their futures. On February 17th, we took a group of girls to participate in the Youth Summit in Albany, sponsored by the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. The theme was “On This Journey, There is Still #HOPE.” We’re also planning another field trip that will include a luncheon and tour at SCCC.

As  we look forward to spring, we are focused on renewal, as well. Our nominating committee is considering new board members, our fundraising committee is hoping to expand, and our planning committee is always eager for new members with new strengths and talents to complement those of current members. Have you been considering how to get more involved with WGGS? We think you’d be a perfect volunteer!


-Gwynne DeLong & Dianne Crozier,