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 is located at 7500 Davis Blvd. in Naples.
Time: 4:30p to 6:00p (unless otherwise noted)
Date: Tuesdays, every other week (unless otherwise noted)
|October 29, 2015||Welcome Party for Mentors (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|5:30p – 7:00p at Boys & Girls Club|
|November 3, 2015||Get Acquainted Meeting for Mentors and Girls|
|November 17, 2015||1st Session – Looking at Yourself (Video)|
|December 1, 2015||2nd Session – Mastering your Emotions/Bullying (Video)|
|December 15, 2015||3rd Session – Standing Up for Yourself (Video)|
|January 5, 2016||4th Session -Taking Charge of Your Choices (Video)|
|TBD||JWOI Alumni Field Trip|
|January 19, 2016||5th Session – Bad Friendships & Penny Bears (Video)|
|February 2, 2016||6th Session – Boys & Relationships (No Video)|
|February 16, 2016||7th Session – What Type of Person Am I? (Video)|
|March 1, 2016||8th Session – Etiquette & Social Situations; dinner at the Olive Garden (No Video)|
|March 29, 2016||9th Session – Alumni Event (Past and Current JWOI) – Learning about Charity Work (Members talk about their nonprofit experiences.)|
|April 5, 2016||10th Session – Job Interview Skills|
|April 19, 2016||11th Session – One-on-One Career Mentoring|
|May 3, 2016||Thank You Notes, Survey & Feedback Session|