As 2013 comes to a close, the team at Boston GLOW couldn't help but look back at what an innovative and exciting year it has been for us.
Below (in no particular order) are ten of GLOW's favorite accomplishments, new projects and organizational highlights of 2013!
We are so thankful for our engaged volunteers, creative leadership team, inspiring Girl Leaders and dedicated donors who have made all of these accomplishments possible. Upon reflection, with nearly 40 events, engaging over 1000 individuals, and accumulating 9000 volunteer hours, we can’t help but be proud of our impact in 2013, and we are eager to see how we can shape 2014!
Top TEN GLOWing Moments of 2013
1. GLOW ELEVATES!
In Boston, it seemed like most of the year was occupied with elections, and the women of GLOW were as civically and politically active as ever. In the fall, GLOW joined a group of area organizations to form the ELEVATE Boston Coalition. The coalition met with the leading mayoral candidates to sign the Elevate Boston Pledge:
"We envision a Boston where every person has the opportunity and resources to live healthy lives and thrive economically. We envision a Boston where all residents feel safe at home, in school, in our parks, and on the streets. We deserve a Mayor who will foster understanding across communities and who embraces the thinking that Boston will be at its best when every resident in every neighborhood is successful."
GLOW and the Elevate Coalition members look forward to working with our new Mayor in 2014 and beyond to ensure this pledge is met.
2. GLOW Rises!
On February 14th over 200 people of all shapes, sizes, colors and genders gathered with GLOW in Copley Square to say no to violence against women. One in three women on earth will experience violence in their lifetime. GLOW partnered with MassNOW and Squashbusters to dance, gather and visually represent the poem, “I’m Rising” in a powerful event of awareness.
Our ten day “I’m Rising” blog series also received national attention as women wrote heartfelt reflections on what the movement meant to them personally. We are currently planning 2014’s event so stay tuned!
3. GLOW Grows!
We are proud that we continue to embark on new projects, partnerships and opportunities for our women and girls. With these new endeavors came an exciting expansion of executive leadership team. In September, we welcomed four OW members and dedicated volunteers to our executive leadership team: Crystal Torman and Samantha Crockett as Associate Directors of Girls Leadership, Tashia Graham as Associate Director of Organized Women, and Meghan Hargraves Director of Finance and Operations. As we enter 2014 we are still recruiting Board Members to support in our guidance and continued growth. If interested, contact Emily@bostonglow.org
4. GLOW’s the Boss!
2013 saw a significant change in the IGNITE Change Contest. Not only would the winner receive a scholarship and the chance to write about change, but she would actually implement her project plan. Our 2013 IGNITE Change Winner, Huixian Li, spent the summer working alongside active GLOW volunteers in project planning. Not long into her leadership training, Huixian realized that her idea would become a reality and she proclaimed, “I’m the boss!”eager to lead her peers in their next meeting.
We look forward to boss, artist and community change maker Huixian leading us in painting a mural to empower women in Chinatown this spring.
5. GLOW Negotiates!
Our 2013 Spitfire lineup provided monthly opportunities for our OW Members to explore their finances and careers. Three unique, organized and inspiring women enlightened our members on the importance of their own professional branding, not shying away from saving money, and the importance of knowing one’s worth and asking for it.
We are grateful to Nacie Carson of The Life Uncommon, Katie Donovan of Equal Pay Negotiations and Meghan McAvoy who contributed their professional insight. Here’s hoping we are prepared to enter 2014 with the salaries we deserve, the positions we dream and the path towards independence.
6. GLOW Hollas Back!
Our last Spitfire of the year featured an engaging training on ending Street Harassment from the incredible women of Hollaback Boston! After the training, GLOW joined Hollaback Boston and the Cambridge Women’s Center in a new initiative, Take Back the Bar. The event strives to create safe spaces for people of all genders in Boston’s nightlife scene. Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month to raise awareness, enjoy a good time and ensure comfort for everyone in the community.
7. GLOW gets Sporty!
From 5Ks to Bowling the Organized Women of GLOW were definitely physically active in the community this year as they gathered in teams to support the AIDS Walk Boston, Samaritans 5K, and the ALS Bowl For Life. The Girl Leaders were just as active, taking to the Charles River in kayaks and enjoying a Celtics game in December with their Organized Women Mentors.
8. GLOW Performs
For the 4th year Boston GLOW organized the Boston Community Production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. With three sold out shows and our biggest cast yet (over 35 performers and 20 volunteers!) we’d consider the performance a huge success! This year, the creative leaders of the performance had the unique opportunity to perform a portion of the show for one of our beneficiary programs, Women’s Hope from Victory Programs. The program provides comprehensive services for women overcoming substance abuse and in need of a myriad of services. We were honored to support such important work. As we head into 2014 we are excited to announce that we will double the size of our performance venue. Auditions will be held in January
9. GLOW Get’s Dressy
We all love getting dressed up for the IGNITE the NITE, but GLOW what do we all do with our gorgeous dresses after we’re done? Donate them, of course! Last May GLOW partnered with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and United Sisters of Color of Boston to support our teens who need support getting formal attire for their proms, dances and graduations. Organized Women volunteers donated and collected dresses throughout the city of Boston and helped 200 of our city’s young men and women find the perfect apparel for their big days.
10. GLOW continues…
Our Girl Leaders amaze us as they head to college, travel to developing countries for community service and implement their community change projects. We are proud of our 2013 class who are making a difference far and wide. These young women have organized musical performances at local women’s shelters and organized and coached new girls sports teams to empower the future community of healthy, active and strong female leaders.
As we grow, elevate, rise and IGNITE we are eager to enter 2014 burning brighter and stronger for each woman in the Boston area. We truly thank each one of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and members for your incredible work in 2013.
We look forward to GLOWing forward with you next year, and remember to enter 2014 in fabulous company at what promises to be one of the best events of the new year, IGNITE the NITE! Tickets are on sale today!