Working Group on Girls of Schenectady, Inc. exists because girls need to build meaningful connections for healthy relationships and a successful future. 
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The Circle: Gearing Up For Another Season of Serving Schenectady Girls

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 Schenectady Public Library on November 1st. The teen panelists shared their views on social media, and it was enlightening for the rest of us.

I wanted to take the opportunity to once again thank all of our WGGS volunteers and donors who worked so hard to make our first Circles of Support fundraiser a success.

-Gwynne DeLong, President of the Board
About Us

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 out to special events to help them connect with their wider community. For example, in  September, Ebony brought two students, Lucy and Xavier, to participate in the Upstate Latino Summit in Albany.
 
Circle of Support Fundraiser

Thanks so much to Honorary Chairs David and Andrea Golub, those who were kind enough to donate gift baskets, and everyone who attended our first major fundraiser! It was a wonderful evening, and we raised  a net $8,823.50  to nurture and support Schenectady's girls!
 
Calendar
  • November 7 at 3:30 pm: Planning committee meeting
  • November 7: New 7th Grade Muse Training begins
  • November 21: New 7th Grade Muse Training continues
  • December 5 at 6:30 pm: New and Returning Muses Meet at the First Reformed Church
  • November 16: Girls' Day Out at Glen Sanders Mansion
We are currently signing up volunteers to assist with Girls' Day Out. If you'd like to sign up to help, please contact Laura LaFontaine at info@wggschenectady.org.
 
Join Us In Helping Local Girls

Are you ready and willing to help girls in your community? We need you!
Our planning committee is currently planning Girls Day Out, field trips, and more.
Special event volunteers will greet girls, assist in workshops, and direct traffic at Girls Day Out.

 
Muse Update

We're thrilled to report that we have enough muse volunteers to staff all of the Girls' Circles requested by school clinicians. Thanks so much to Miranda Rand and Laura LaFontaine, who have been hard at work recruiting muses for the 2016-2017 year. 
 
Spotlight on Girls

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 lost or overlooked. She recently migrated to the US and her family is working to find their niche." 

Upstate Latino Summit organizer Janet Sapio-Mayta said that Lucy her fellow student, Xavier, did an "amazing" and "phenomenal" job as panelists, and the workshop got "rave reviews." 
 
Special Thanks To. . . 

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:

We are also thankful to the many WGGS members who solicted donations or donated items themselves.
We're Also Happy to Report. . .  

We are also pleased to announce that WGGS is now registered in the GE Employees Matching Fund program. Many thanks to WGGS board member Dianne Crozier and her neighbor and GE retiree Greg Sauer for helping to make this happen! 
 
Visit Our New Website!

Click here to check out our new website, wggschenectady.org.
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