Strong Women, Strong Girls utilizes the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to encourage girls and young women to become strong women themselves. For the third-through-fifth-grade girls in SWSG programming, these lessons are full of variety.

Each week, a team of 3 to 4 college women mentors meet with 10 to 12 girls after school. In the fall, mentors facilitate the “Countdown to Success Skills” curriculum. Each lesson includes


  • Check-in: Girls and volunteer mentors share a little about their lives.
  • Knowledge Swap and Get Active: Girls and mentors review the lesson and skill from the prior week and prepare for this week’s skill with a physical activity or game. Determination & Perseverance, Strong Competitor, Lifelong Learning, and Cultural sensitivity are some of the skills girls learn.
  • Biography: Mentors and girls read about a strong contemporary or historical female role model and a skill she exemplifies.
  • Throughout the year, girls learn about 20 diverse women, from physicist Fabiola Giannoti to Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley.
  • Activity: Girls, with help from their mentors, practice their skill with an interactive activity.
  • Journal: Girls write about the new skill, and their mentors write a response to the entry before the next mentoring session.

Want to get your girl involved with Strong Women, Strong Girls?

Girls in grades 3-5 at any of our partner sites are eligible to apply for SWSG. Fill out the registration form below, return it to the SWSG office in your city, and a staff member will contact you to discuss your girl’s eligibility.

$200 introduces a girl to college for the first time.