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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Welcome to our Inaugural Issue of The Circle!

We've spent our summer hard at work clarifying our message and instituting ways to reach you and members of the community who aren't yet familiar with WGGS. We're so excited to show you how we've been changing and growing, including a brand-new executive director, this newsletter, our first major fundraiser, and a new website

-Gwynne DeLong, President of the Board
About Us

We are fortunate to have Laura LaFontaine join us as Executive Director. Laura has served as a muse since 2014, she has been a member of our planning committee and she has led and facilitated workshops for Girls Day Out & Parents Day Out. She is certified to teach, has been trained in mindfulness practices, and also serves on the staff of NYSCEA, the New York State Council of Educational Associations. Laura will be spearheading our muse recruiting and training as well as joining Ebony Belmar in running this year's Girls Day Out. You can reach Laura at

Circle of Support Fundraiser

Please join Honorary Chairs David and Andrea Golub and members of WGGS at the Mohawk Golf Club on Thursday, September 22nd from 5-7 pm for our Circle of Support Reception. We'll enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, mingle with new and old friends, bid on wonderful gift baskets, and learn about how our community can nurture and support Schenectady's girls.

If you are can, please pre-register by Thursday September 15; contact Pauline (, Karen (, or Gwynne ( to do so.
Walk-ins are welcome--we look forward to seeing you there!

Just a reminder: September is Giving Month. If you are are unable to attend but would like to donate, we are now able to accept donations online via PayPal on our website.
Mark Your Calendar
  • September 22 from 5-7 pm: Circles of Support Celebration at the Mohawk Golf Club
  • October 3 at 3:30 pm: Planning Committee meeting at the Schenectady YWCA
  • October 4 at 6 pm: New Muse Orientation at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson
  • November: Help with assembling backpacks and other preparations for GDO. Date will be set at October Planning Committee Meeting
  • November 16, 2016: Girls' Day Out at Glen Sanders Mansion
Join Us In Helping Local Girls

Are you ready and willing to help girls in your community? We need you!
Muse training begins October 4, 2016.
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.

Spotlight on Girls

One of our favorite aspects of the spring Girls' Celebration Dinner is displaying some of the girls' favorite craft projects. Here are a few crafts that girls assembled as part of a discussion on healthy and unhealthy relationships. 
Become a Muse
  • Do you care about supporting girls and encouraging their healthy development?
  • Are you flexible, a team player, able to listen and learn from others, able to laugh easily?
  • Would you volunteer a couple of hours a week to support middle school girls in Schenectady?

If so, become a volunteer muse and join other dedicated, warm-hearted women to co-lead a Girls’ Circle of 6-10 middle school girls in Schenectady. Muses receive approximately ten hours of training in October and November, then spend time with "their" girls weekly or bi-weekly through May or June.

Interested in learning more? Contact Laura at or join us at for our Muse Orientation on Tuesday, October 4th from 6-7:30 pm at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson at 1040 State Street in Schenectady.

Know someone who would make a terrific muse? Share our Facebook event with a friend!

Special Thanks To. . . 

You already know that Kulak's Nursery and Landscaping offers gorgeous plants, expert landscaping, and unique gifts. But did you know that Kulak's partners with WGGS to help make our Celebration Dinners special? Flowers from Kulak's grace the tables, and each of our girls is able to offer her specially-chosen mentor one of these lovely flowering plants to take home. As we plan special events, we're so grateful to Kulak's for helping to bring a little more beauty into our girls' lives. Next time you shop at Kulak's, please let them know how much you appreciate their support. And if you haven't visited lately, you should treat yourself: you deserve a little more beauty, too!
We're Also Happy to Report. . .  
  • $5000 awarded by the Zonta Club of Schenectady, the proceeds from their Mom Prom.
  • $750 awarded by Wheelock College's Marjorie Wolf Memorial Grant in support of the Girls' Circles Program.
Visit Our New Website!

Click here to check out our new website,
Donate Now to Help Support Schenectady Girls
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