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 25, 2021 Program Kick-Off for Mentors * 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (RSVP to
November 1, 2021 1st Session – Get Acquainted Meeting for Mentors and Girls
November 8, 2021 2nd Session – Looking at Yourself – Video: Self Esteem and Body Image Looking Beyond the Looking Glass
November 15, 2021 3rd Session – Mastering Your Emotions – Video: Controlling Your Anger Before It Controls You
December 6, 2021 4th Session – Standing Tall – Video: How To Say No and Really Mean It
December 13, 2021 5th Session – Choices (no Video)
January 10, 2022 6th Session – Bad Friendships (no Video)
January 24, 2022 7th Session – Boys & Relationships – Video: How To End Unhealthy Relationships
February 7, 2022 8th Session – Etiquette – Olive Garden (Tentative)
February 28, 2022 9th Session – Field Trip – Lorenzo Walker (Tentative)
March 7, 2022 10th Session – What Type of Personality Am I – Video: Matching Your Skills, Talent, and Ambitions To Your Dream Job
March 21, 2022 11th Session – Job Interviews – Video: Good Impressions and Image
April 4, 2022 12th Session – Social Media (no Video)
April 25, 2022 13th Session – Careers (no Video)
May 9, 2022 14th Session – E-Cigarettes – Video: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Try Vaping
May 23, 2022 15th Session – Wrap Up, Feedback & Survey, Thank You Notes