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 Kelly@naples.net
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)
|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|