Strong Women, Strong Girls college chapters are the link in our multi-generational mentoring approach

Each year, our Pittsburgh community recognizes young women mentors for their amazing work with our Mentor Merit Award. We are proud to celebrate Danielle Hanna and Reese Landes as this year’s recipients!

Meet Danielle Hannah: “The city of Pittsburgh provides so much to me, so it is important that I give back to the communities supporting me.”

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Danielle Hannah is a SWSG mentor and chapter site leader at the University of Pittsburgh; now in her junior year, she’s focusing on a degree in Biological Sciences. Reflecting on her own opportunity and access to a college education, Danielle believes in uplifting others. She deeply values the weekly time she spends working with her after-school girl participants, supporting their personal growth and leadership skills development while helping their creativity blossom. “The girls I mentor are so incredible, and they inspire me every day in their emotional resilience, sense of humor, and innate intelligence.” 


Meet Reese Landes: “SWSG is so important to me because I believe it is crucial to empower young girls and encourage them to pursue their dreams.” 

Headshot of Reese Landes

Reese Landes is a SWSG triple threat: mentor, site leader, and cohort coordinator attending Duquesne University. She is graduating early as a third-year student with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology. Through her mentoring, she believes in the power of self-advocacy and confidence, something she is continuing to learn for herself and hopes to foster in her girl program participants. “SWSG has been an empowering experience, and it warms my heart to see girls who were quiet at the beginning of the semester get comfortable with the group.” 

College is a busy and exciting time of transition. We are grateful for the energy our college mentors bring in not only creating a supportive environment for each other but for fostering life learning for our SWSG girl mentees.

Congratulations, Danielle and Reese!