Mentoring the Junior Women of Initiative

The Junior Women of Initiative (JWOI) Mentoring Program was launched in 2005. A decade later, the growth and impact of this program has been significant and very rewarding. The program inspires and connects 15-20 women mentors with young, at-risk mentees, ages 13-17.

Bi-monthly sessions cover topics relevant to teens of today. In addition to the classroom experience, the mentees also spend time engaging with the mentors during field trips.

The result is an experience that helps develop peer relationships amongst the young women and bonds between the mentees and their mentors. The experiences empower the mentees – and their mentors – in a variety of ways that make a lasting, very positive impact.

Mentors are asked to commit to a minimum of 4-5 sessions, and are encouraged to consider leading a session.

For more information, or to become a mentor, contact: Althea Irving, 2019-20 JWOI Committee Chair, at

Sessions Location and Times:

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County – 7500 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL 34104 – 4:00p to 6:00p (unless otherwise noted)

Dates and Topics:

October 22, 2019

Mentor Meet & Greet / Orientation *5:30pm – 7:00pm

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November 5, 2019

Get Acquainted Meeting for Mentors and Girls

November 19, 2019

1st Session – Looking at Yourself (Video)

December 3, 2019

2nd Session – Mastering your Emotions/Bullying (Video)

December 17, 2019

3rd Session – Standing Up for Yourself (Video)

January 14, 2020

4th Session – Taking Charge of Your Choices (Video)

January 28, 2020

5th Session – Bad Friendships & Penny Bears (Video)

February 11, 2020

6th Session – Boys & Relationships (No Video)

February 25, 2020

7th Session – *Etiquette & Social Situations; at Olive Garden

March 17, 2020

8th Session – *Field trip to Lorenzo Walker Technical Institute

March 31, 2020

9th Session – What Type of Person Am I? (Video)

April 14, 2020

10th Session – Job Interview Skills (No Video)

April 28, 2020

11th Session – Social Media (No Video)

May 12, 2020

12th Session – One-on-One Career Mentoring – JWOI & JMOI
May 19, 2020 13th Session – Thank You Notes, Survey & Feedback