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Dream Big

Did you know that girls’ self-esteem peaks at 9 years old? Strong Women, Strong Girls is a mentorship-based organization that helps every girl realize her inner strength. By surrounding girls and young women with a community of strong women mentors, SWSG helps them imagine a brighter, broader future. With 10 years of results, their model promotes cycles of mutual empowerment. College women mentor 3rd through 5th grade girls with small-group, after-school mentoring, focused on skill-building activities and learning about current and historic female role models. Professional women in turn mentor those in college, helping them explore their individual potential. By surrounding tomorrow’s leaders with women invested in their future, SWSG is reinventing what the next decades will look like for today’s youth.

Strong Women, Strong Girls

Building Communities of Strong Women

Dream Big

Did you know that girls’ self-esteem peaks at 9 years old? Strong Women, Strong Girls is a mentorship-based organization that helps every girl realize her inner strength. By surrounding girls and young women with a community of strong women mentors, SWSG helps them imagine a brighter, broader future. With 10 years of results, their model promotes cycles of mutual empowerment. College women mentor 3rd through 5th grade girls with small-group, after-school mentoring, focused on skill-building activities and learning about current and historic female role models. Professional women in turn mentor those in college, helping them explore their individual potential. By surrounding tomorrow’s leaders with women invested in their future, SWSG is reinventing what the next decades will look like for today’s youth.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda

    Hi, I'm Shaunda Lewis, associate director of Strong Women, Strong Girls-Boston. Our mission is to empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors who are themselves mentored by professional women. I am thrilled to share our story on Grommet.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:45 PM

    What elements of SWSG’s strategy were considered essential from the beginning as you help build the organization?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    One thing we constantly strive for is ensuring continued success. We do this by keeping our girls at the center of everything that we do. We’ve built up the program from there. It started off as a just a mentoring program for 3rd through 5th grade girls, but is now a multi-faceted program grounded on mutual female empowerment.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:45 PM

    How do you and your team define success and what is your team’s "secret sauce” to success?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    At the end of the day if we have empowered one girl or mentor to realize their inner strength to dream and do, that is a success. We just take everything day by day and try to ensure quality in our programming so that we can fulfill our mission, as well as our vision to shape the next generations of strong, successful women.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:45 PM

    What are some unexpected challenges and rewards in trying to tackle such a new type model of mentorship?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    We have a multi-layered program that works with elementary school girls through senior ranking professional women. This makes navigating the different levels of mentoring challenging, because there is no standard model that fits the dynamic between all the different age groups. Though this proves challenging, our program and model work well with our mission and for those involved in our program.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:46 PM

    Where do you see SWSG going in the future?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    Once we have perfected our program model, I see us replicating it and expanding further in Massachusetts. [SWSG currently operates in Pittsburg and Boston.] We are hoping to focus on gateway cities, and bring our program to districts where it’s greatly needed. That’s our trajectory right now, really solidifying and validating the program we have here and then growing it so that we can reach more young women throughout Massachusetts and beyond.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Strong Women, Strong Girls

Building Communities of Strong Women

Dream Big

Did you know that girls’ self-esteem peaks at 9 years old? Strong Women, Strong Girls is a mentorship-based organization that helps every girl realize her inner strength. By surrounding girls and young women with a community of strong women mentors, SWSG helps them imagine a brighter, broader future.

With 10 years of results,
their model promotes cycles of mutual empowerment. College women mentor 3rd through 5th grade girls with small-group, after-school mentoring, focused on skill-building activities and learning about current and historic female role models. Professional women in turn mentor those in college, helping them explore their individual potential.

By surrounding tomorrow’s leaders with women invested in their future, SWSG is reinventing what the next decades will look like for today’s youth.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda

    Hi, I'm Shaunda Lewis, associate director of Strong Women, Strong Girls-Boston. Our mission is to empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors who are themselves mentored by professional women. I am thrilled to share our story on Grommet.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:45 PM

    What elements of SWSG’s strategy were considered essential from the beginning as you help build the organization?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    One thing we constantly strive for is ensuring continued success. We do this by keeping our girls at the center of everything that we do. We’ve built up the program from there. It started off as a just a mentoring program for 3rd through 5th grade girls, but is now a multi-faceted program grounded on mutual female empowerment.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:45 PM

    How do you and your team define success and what is your team’s "secret sauce” to success?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    At the end of the day if we have empowered one girl or mentor to realize their inner strength to dream and do, that is a success. We just take everything day by day and try to ensure quality in our programming so that we can fulfill our mission, as well as our vision to shape the next generations of strong, successful women.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:45 PM

    What are some unexpected challenges and rewards in trying to tackle such a new type model of mentorship?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    We have a multi-layered program that works with elementary school girls through senior ranking professional women. This makes navigating the different levels of mentoring challenging, because there is no standard model that fits the dynamic between all the different age groups. Though this proves challenging, our program and model work well with our mission and for those involved in our program.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia – Grommet Team
    3/2/2017 7:46 PM

    Where do you see SWSG going in the future?

  • Shaunda
    Shaunda – Special Guest
    3/2/2017 7:47 PM

    Once we have perfected our program model, I see us replicating it and expanding further in Massachusetts. [SWSG currently operates in Pittsburg and Boston.] We are hoping to focus on gateway cities, and bring our program to districts where it’s greatly needed. That’s our trajectory right now, really solidifying and validating the program we have here and then growing it so that we can reach more young women throughout Massachusetts and beyond.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.