Strong Women, Strong Girls is delighted to announce the distinct honor of receiving The Boston Club’s 2017 Advancement Award. We were chosen amongst 14 incredible nominees in recognition of our work to improve the lives of girls and women. This year’s award was specifically given to support programs to develop leadership skills that promote diversity, inclusion, and tolerance in girls and young women.
SWSG will use the 2017 Advancement Award to expand Mentor Diversity and Inclusion Training through an existing partnership with YW Boston. SWSG aims to continue this work at an even deeper level with college mentors through 2020.
In 2008, SWSG was granted The Advancement Award, when our organization only had 8 years of mentoring under our belt. At that time, we served 250 girls in 23 schools with the support of 75 college women mentors. We are delighted to receive this award again after growing to reach nearly 800 girls at over 50 mentoring sites with the support of 250 college women mentors.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is one that we are striving to prioritize and practice in all aspects of our work. The work that The Advancement Award is funding is critical for increasing the cultural competency, racial awareness, and understanding of identity, power, and privilege for our college mentors. In our 2017-2018 program year every mentor will be able to receive this training. Given that SWSG serves a community of nearly 800 girls in the Greater Boston area – the majority of whom are girls of color in Roxbury and Dorchester – this work is critical in ensuring that the girls who are part of our curriculum-based after-school mentoring program are in an environment that supports and values them fully.
Thank you to all of our Boston supporters for your generous support of our work. We are proud to continue our organizational evolution with your support!