“Strong Girls will break glass ceilings. Strong Women will show them the ladder.”
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!
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
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 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.
2017 marks the 11th anniversary of Strong Women Strong Girls in Pittsburgh, and the 11th birthday of our organization's mascot!
There are currently thirty-five locations in the Pittsburgh area that our organization reaches out to for mentoring.
With this donation, your money will go towards proving that even the smallest effort goes a long way for our Strong Girls!
Our chapter at Pitt has eighty female college mentors committed to mentoring the girls in the Pittsburgh community.
Our chapter mentors are dedicated to mentoring 140 mentees to become strong girls.
With your donation, you can help to fund the police ensuring our 5K will be as safe as possible!!
Your generous donation would benefit our strong mentees, and mentors! We are incredibly grateful for your donation and support to our organization and mission.
Help keep our runners safe by providing them with a t-shirt on race day!