November 23, 2010 |

Strong Women, Strong Girls expans program in South Pittsburgh

Strong Women, Strong Girls has expanded its mentoring program from two locations to five in South Pittsburgh.

The program works to create cycles of mutual empowerment between college women and elementary school girls, through an innovative after school mentoring programming. College women from Duquesne University and Point Park University will be mentoring third, fourth and fifth grade girls at five sites in South Pittsburgh, including:

Brashear Association on Mondays from 3–4:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library in Carrick on Thursdays from 3–4:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library in Brookline on Thursdays from 4–5:30 p.m.

• Hilltop United Methodist Church on Wednesdays from 3:30–5 p.m.

• Lighthouse Cathedral on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.

This free program is currently underway but welcomes all girls to participate in the remaining few weeks of fall programming. The program will return in January. With support from the Birmingham Foundation and other funders, the additional sites are being added in response to community requests to provide preventative programming that helps prepare the girls for their adolescent years.

In addition to the South Pittsburgh sites, Strong Women, Strong Girls currently offers its program at 15 additional sites in the City of Pittsburgh, Steel Valley and Wilkinsburg communities. More than 300 girls participated in the 2009-2010 school year.

To learn more about Strong Women, Strong Girls visit their website at www.swsg. org. For more information about program enrollment, contact Pittsburgh Program Manager Mila Yochum at myochum@swsg.org or 412-736-4050.

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