WHO WE ARE
Women Helping Girls is a program of the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (GRAB-AAUW) and a partner with the Rochester City School District. WHG emphasizes mentoring, a sense of community, and positive interactions with peers and family.
The Women Helping Girls program began in 1992 by a small group of AAUW members. As administrators and teachers in city schools, they saw a need to help girls complete high school, develop a sense of worth, and achieve their potential.
WHG serves students in sixth to eighth grade at Wilson Foundation Academy and ninth to 12th grade at Wilson Commencement Academy. Since its inception, it has touched the lives of more than 350 girls. Current enrollment is 60.
As they enter sixth grade, girls are matched with adult female mentors for friendship, shared experiences and positive role modeling. A girl may stay in the program and with the same mentor through 12th grade.
The girls meet once a week before school for facilitated discussions, with emphasis on setting goals and building community. There are community events on one Saturday a month that encourage mentor-mentee participation. These may be cultural events such as gallery tours
or dance performances; workshops on conflict resolution or money management; or college tours. Intensive College Bound sessions for 10th- to 12th-graders promote post-secondary education.
We couldn't implement our many programs without our trained staff and our many enthusiastic volunteers.