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Strong Women, Strong Girls Program at Boston College

The Boston College Neighborhood Center  sponsors the Boston College chapter of the national Strong Women, Strong Girls program. 

Strong Women, Strong Girls is a national organization that has as its mission “creating communities of strong and successful women today and supporting the strong and successful women of tomorrow."

Strong Women, Strong Girls has created an innovative after school model that uses the study of contemporary and historic female role models, mentoring relationships with college undergraduate women, and skill building activities to help at-risk girls in grades 3-5 build positive self-esteem and skills for life-long success.

The Boston College chapter furthers the Neighborhood Center's mission in the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods by engaging Boston College undergraduate students in a new creative way with its surrounding community. 

For its pilot program during the spring of 2007, four young women from Boston College served as mentors for third, fourth and fifth graders at the Hamilton and Winship Elementary Schools in Brighton once per week for six weeks.

Since then, the program has grown to include 30+ mentors with eight participating sites including: the Winship Elementary School, St. Columbkille Partnership School, Jackson Mann K-8 School, the Mary Lyon School, the Gardner Pilot Academy, the West End Boys & Girls Club, and Charlesview.  

The BC Chapter Directors for Strong Women, Strong Girls for 2018-2019 are: 

Meredith Hawkins, MCA&S '20

Catherine Hoff, MCA&S '22

Josey Nett, MCA&S '20

Sammie Allen, STM '21 (BCSWSG Graduate Mentor)


Members of the Strong Women, Strong Girls Program