Applications Open for 2021 Scholarship!

The Helga Schroeter Memorial Scholarship was established by the Working Group on Girls of Schenectady, September 2019 to honor Helga, one of their founding mothers, and to keep alive her passion for socialjustice, diversity and inclusion, and nurturing the youth of our community. This scholarship is intended tofurther girls’ education or training after high school. This year's application deadline is July 1, 2021. The winning applicant will be notified by mail in early August 2021. Click here for a copy of the scholarship application.

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Making Virtual Girls’ Circles Special

How do we foster community when we can't really be together? How do we motivate girls to spend more time in adult-led online togetherness when they already spend so much time logged in for academic? Muses and clinicians work hard to ensure that the girls in virtual circles feel cared for, and that goes beyond what they say when they're all talking together. One technique is to create a literal virtual space in which everyone can imagine that they are gathering together, like this virtual room designed for 5th graders from Howe Elementary Prior to one meeting. ...

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Feb. 26, 2021 6-8:30 pm Virtual Screening of Pushout Documentary

You're invited to attend an exclusive virtual screening of the Documentary, "PUSHOUT - The Criminalization of Black Girls in School" on February 26, 2021 from 6-8:30 pm hosted by WGGS, along with sponsors, SICM, NYWBA, YMCA NENY & Zonta. Immediately following the viewing, there will be a Q&A panel facilitated by Dr. Deidre Hill Butler. Click here if you'd like to view the trailer, then please register here for this virtual event. We are pleased to offer this event at no cost. Donations are appreciated. To support WGGS and our Programs, you can donate ...

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Thanks to the Albany Times Union

We're excited to share this feature article by Paul Nelson from the November 18, 2020 Albany Times Union. "For many young girls, the Working Group on Girls of Schenectady (WGGS), a mostly volunteer organization that has been around since 2004, has served as a lifeline especially during the coronavirus crisis...." Read more here.

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BBQ Fundraiser October 16, 2020

Circles of Support Online Auction 2020

Congratulations to our first Helga Schroeter Scholarship Recipient, Myauta Ponzo!

You may remember Myauta, the Steinmetz Career & Leadership Academy student who spoke at our last Circles of Support about her experience with Girls' Circles. We're so excited to support her as she takes her next step in her educational journey! Myauta plans to attend SCCC this fall to pursue a degree in psychology and become a therapist. In Myauta's words. . . "Girls' Circle has helped me in more ways than I can even express. First, it has introduced me to three amazing women in my life who have exposed me to things that I would not have had the opportunity to ...

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Save the Date: Online Auction 2020

BBQ Fundraiser August 28th

Connecting to Our Girls While We’re Apart

We're all sad that in-school learning has ended for the school year due to Covid-19. We know that our community has many needs, including keeping everyone safe and healthy, ensuring that all of our families receive adequate food and pantry goods, maintaining as much academic learning as is feasible at this time, and coping with the stress and anxiety of this unprecedented time. While WGGS is supporting many of these new, short-term efforts to cope with the pandemic, our core values and mission are the same. That means that we're continuing, as always, to seek to ...

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