Strong Women, Strong Girls
Although their campaign has concluded, if you would still like to make a donation to support Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG), you may always do so here.
“Strong Girls will break glass ceilings. Strong Women will show them the ladder.”
Who We Are:
Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) is a national organization dedicated to mentoring young girls and helping them develop into successful women. With chapters on several college campuses in both Boston and Pittsburgh, our organization provides emotional, personal, and academic support to girls between third and fifth grades.
Our chapter at the University of Pittsburgh has 80 mentors and about 140 mentees from 13 different Pittsburgh sites. Each week, our mentors travel to neighborhoods in Pittsburgh to lead a program that actively works to undermine the negative social pressures that girls face every day. Our mentor-led programs incorporate a curriculum that advocates for each girl's success and potential.
A few of our Pitt SWSG mentors!
Why Do We Mentor?
The girls we mentor in SWSG often do not have strong role models in their lives to support them. It has been proven that mentoring provides the supportive, healthy relationships that children need in order to develop a sense of worth and drive to meet their potential.
Benefits of mentoring include higher high school graduation and college attendance rates, enhanced self-esteem, and the ability to form stronger interpersonal relationships. Mentoring gives both mentors and mentees an experience to excel and overcome the pressures women face in society.
Pitt SWSG mentors and mentees
How Will Your Donation Help?
Each campus chapter of Strong Women Strong Girls is responsible for their own fundraising. This year, we are hosting our 4th Annual 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run fundraiser on Sunday, April 23rd to raise the funds we need for our 2017-2018 budget. The race is a great way to raise money for SWSG, but it also allows us to get the Pittsburgh community involved in our cause and to raise awareness about the impact of mentoring on young girls. In fact, many of our mentees come out with their families and run in the 1-Mile Fun Run!
This year, the cost of putting on the 5k fundraiser is just under $2,300 (see graphic below for a budget breakdown). We are asking for your help to make our 4th annual race a reality and enable us to keep building positive relationships with our young mentees throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
Any donations receive past the amount needed to put on the 5k will be allocated to buy supplies, snacks, and transportation for our mentors and mentees so we can make the most out of each mentoring session. Every donation we receive ultimately contributes to the betterment of the girls whether it be for activities, projects, or a trip to the University of Pittsburgh to show them the opportunities that await them in the future.
If you would like to register for our 4th Annual 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run, you can do so here: https://give.classy.org/Pitt5K2017 . We hope to see many of you on April 23rd!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you to those who have already donated:
Brooks Hospitality LLC, Dr. and Mrs. Morris V. Shelanski, Anne and John Dougherty, Cassidy Communications Inc., the Greaves Family, the Flood Family, Susan Kuhl and Simply Spoiled, Rod and Linda Horn, Sue Bowen, S. W. Johnson, Comfort Inn, Mad Mex: Big Burrito Restaurant Group, Bill Lawrence, Chris Reiling Jr. and Betsy Reiling, Camelia Bodea-Crisan, Laura Kushner, Janet and Doug Armstrong, the Paluch Family, Bonny Lawrence, Anne and M. Macy, the Franks Family, the Lawrence Family, and James Armstrong.