- Ignites positive change for girls through philanthropy and women’s leadership.
- A volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is to be the premier women’s philanthropic and leadership group in Central Massachusetts funding programs that improve the lives of girls.
- Part of a national trend of women engaging in philanthropy, organized to create a powerful force to effect change in society.
- Works with volunteer committees of community leaders engaging more than 1,000 members and 2,000 donors.
- Raises funds for its work through an annual campaign for programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.
Strengthening Girls … Empowering Women
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Mentor for the Fall Dollar $cholar Conference
Once upon a time: Writing for agency success
A group of 18 United Way-funded agencies recently gathered at a workshop hosted by Women’s Initiative, to learn how improved writing skills can help to more effectively tell their organizations’ stories and share their successes.
Presenter Ryan Madan, professor and director of the Writing Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, offered the following advice:
- Show more than tell, by letting story details do the talking.
- Put the description of the agency’s programs and services in the mouths of clients/witnesses.
- Write from different cinematic angles – zoom in and out, use slow motion then speed up.
- Remember to paint a picture of the “before” and the “after,” that shows clear results and benefits.
An important question asked by one participant was, “What if the story is a work in progress, where the goals haven’t achieved the yet?”
Madan says that is fine; that not every story ends where you think it traditionally should. Showing progress of an individual, where they are taking on challenges and achieving results, can be just as powerful as the story where everything turns out perfect. That’s life!
–Kerry Conaghan, VP Community Impact
15th Annual Stepping Up for Girls
Women’s Initiative has changed thousands of lives, guiding adolescent girls to safety and self-determination–empowering them to learn, lead, decide, and thrive. On its 15th anniversary, Program Director Anne Wettengel wrote this op-ed on the continuing need for gender-specific programs, and why Women’s Initiative is more important than ever.
Women's Initiative Partners
- African Community Education
- Express Yourself Program
- Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
- Girls Voice Program
- Clark University
- All Kinds of Girls
- Family Health Center
- Girls on the Run at Sullivan Middle
- Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA
- Be a Friend First (BFF)
- Girls, Inc.
- Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls
- Latino Education Institute
- Latina Achievers in Search of Success
- LUK Crisis Center
- Project Shine
- Seven Hills Family Services
- Just Us Girls
- YOU, Inc.
- YWCA of Central MA and Girls Inc.
- Girls Promoting Safety
2017 Events Calendar
Tues Aug 29 New Member Orientation
Thurs Sept 14 Day of Caring
Tues Sept 19 WLC Fundraising Training
Tues Oct 17 WLC Strategic Planning Session
Wed Sept 27 Stepping Up for Girls Event
Wed Oct 11 Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 1)
Wed Oct 18 Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 2)
Fri Oct 20 WI Funded Program “Storytelling Workshop
Wed Oct 25 Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 3)
Wed Nov 1 Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 4)
Wed Nov 8 Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 5)
Wed Nov 15 Taste of Mindfulness Workshop (Session 6)
Nov 20 and 21 Dollar $cholar Conferences
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Investing in Girls Alliance:
WI is pleased to be a part of the Investing in Girls Alliance.
Investing In Girls Alliance – The Investing in Girls Alliance is an outcome of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth at Risk in the City of Worcester. The group was brought together to address the recent rise in violence among adolescent girls in the local community. Learn more