Mentoring the Junior Women of Initiative

The Junior Women of Initiative (JWOI) Mentoring Program was launched in 2005 when Naples residents, Carolyn and Roy Newman, approached the Community Foundation about funding a mentoring program.  After a meeting and tour with Boys & Girls Club of Collier County founder, Mary Pat Hussey, a partnership was born.

A decade later, the growth and impact of this small program that inspires and connects 15-20 women mentors with young women, ages 13-17, has been significant and rewarding.

Many of the mentors participate via the Women’s Foundation of Collier County an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County.  However, a relationship with the Women’s Foundation is not required.  From November through April, bi-weekly sessions cover topics such as Looking at Yourself; Mastering your Emotions; Friendships and Relationships, as well as Etiquette and Social Situations.  In addition to the classroom experience, the “junior” women also spend one-on-one time with the mentors. The result? An experience that helps develop bonds between the girls and between the girls and their mentors, foster new relationships and empowers these young women – and their mentors – in a variety of settings.

Read more about the program in Blossoming Women from the July 2013 Issue of èBella Magazine.

Kelly Capolino continues as Junior Women of Initiative Committee Chair.  To become a mentor, email Kelly at

Sessions Location:

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County – 7500 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL 34104

Time: 4:30p to 6:00p (unless otherwise noted)

Date: Tuesdays, every other week (unless otherwise noted)


Tentative Dates and Topics:


October 25, 2018 Welcome Party for Mentors (RSVP  hit reply )

5:30p – 7:00p

November 13, 2018 Get Acquainted Meeting for Mentors and Girls
November 27, 2018 1st Session – Looking at Yourself (Video)
December 11, 2018 2nd Session – Mastering your Emotions/Bullying (Video)
January 8, 2019 3rd Session – Standing Up for Yourself (Video)
January 22, 2019 4th Session -Taking Charge of Your Choices (Video)
TBD JWOI Alumni Field Trip
February 5, 2019 5th Session – Bad Friendships & Penny Bears (Video)
February 19, 2019 6th Session – Boys & Relationships (No Video)
March 5, 2019 7th Session – Etiquette & Social Situations; at the Olive Garden (No Video)
March 26, 2019 8th Session – Field trip to Lorenzo Walker
April 9, 2019 9th Session – What Type of Person Am I? (Video)
April 23, 2019 10th Session – Job Interview Skills
May 7, 2019 11th Session – Social Media
May 14,2019 12th Session –One-on-One Career Mentoring JWOI & JMOI
May 21, 2019 13th Session Thank You Notes, Survey & Feedback Session