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:

October 29, 2015 Welcome Party for Mentors (RSVP to
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