The Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) mission is to empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models, delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women. Our vision is that every girl and woman will realize her inner strengths to dream, and do.
What We Do
Girls in Boston, particularly girls of color, face a challenging future including high rates of poverty, violence, and mental health challenges. While we cannot prevent a girl from facing these challenges, we can arm each girl with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to face them head-on. One straightforward solution is providing girls with supportive mentoring relationships. Youth with mentors demonstrate higher self-esteem, better performance in school, and greater aspirations for college and career, all of which keep girls on track to pursue their dreams. Unfortunately, only 33.5% of Boston youth have their mentoring needs met (Mass Mentoring Partnership, 2010). Since 2004, SWSG has been dedicated to filling this gap in youth mentoring services for girls in Greater Boston by delivering a standardized core after-school mentoring program that serves over hundreds of girls (ages 8-11) each year.