2012 has been a year of growth for Strong Women, Strong Girls, and we are thrilled to announce the addition of two new higher education partners in two of our cities! Boston and South Florida are each adding a new member to their growing teams of partner universities.
Barry University, located in Miami Shores, FL, is the fifth university to join SWSG’s expanding network in South Florida. In line with our mission, Barry University strives to instill in its students a sense of social justice and a commitment to collaborative service.  Founding members have worked hard this semester to get official campus recognition for SWSG as a new student group. Beginning in spring 2013, four AmeriCorps mentors and four volunteer mentors they will begin programming at three sites. Through this partnership, SWSG will be able to expand its programming in the North Miami community. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the South Florida staff and our amazing mentors, this new chapter will be serving over 35 girls in 2013!
UMass-Boston joins Strong Women, Strong Girls this year as the city’s sixth higher education partner. Our mentors already work with over 50 sites in the Greater Boston area, and the new team from UMass-Boston will extend SWSG’s reach to four new sites. In particular, this partnership will enable SWSG to offer more services in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston. Located in the southern part of the greater metro area, UMass-Boston shares a special relationship with its surroundings, and encourages its undergraduates to “learn new knowledge while serving the public good of our city.” Mentors from UMass-Boston will begin mentoring this spring and help the Boston SWSG team grow to engage nearly 700 girls this year!
Welcome to the Strong Women, Strong Girls family, Barry University and UMass-Boston! We can’t wait to see the wonderful work you’ll do in your communities in the coming years.