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 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)


Tentative Dates and Topics:


November 7, 2017 Get Acquainted Meeting for Mentors and Girls
November 21, 2017 1st Session – Looking at Yourself (Video)
December 5, 2017 2nd Session – Mastering your Emotions/Bullying (Video)
December 19, 2017 3rd Session – Standing Up for Yourself (Video)
January 16, 2018 4th Session -Taking Charge of Your Choices (Video)
January 30, 2018 5th Session – Bad Friendships & Penny Bears (Video)
February 13, 2018 6th Session – Boys & Relationships (No Video)
February 27, 2018 7th Session – What Type of Person Am I? (Video)
March 20, 2018 8th Session – Etiquette & Social Situations; dinner at the Olive Garden (No Video)
April 3, 2018 9th Session- Charity (past and current mentees attend)
April 17, 2018 10th Session – Job Interview Skills
May 1, 2018 11th Session- Social Media Do’s & Don’ts
May 8, 2018 12th Session- One-on-One Career Mentoring JWOI & JWOI
May 22, 2018 13th Session- Thank You Notes, Survey & Feedback Session JWOI & JWOI
TBD Alumni Outing