Boston GLOW is a breeding ground for the modern day superwoman. GLOW fosters opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active world citizens.

October 15, 2013
Contact: Emily Copeman

IGNITE Change Leadership Contest 2013-2014 Opens

IGNITE Change Leadership Contest 2013-2014 Opens

For Immediate Release:  Boston GLOW Announces Fourth Annual IGNITE Change Leadership Contest to Award Scholarships for Teen Girls

September 10, 2013 – Boston, MA.  This week, local nonprofit Boston GLOW (Girls’ Leadership, Organized Women), launched their fourth annual IGNITE Change Leadership Contest in schools throughout the city.

The contest asks teen girls  in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge, “What would you change about the role of women in your community, city, or school?” With a focus on developing skills and preparedness, Boston GLOW hosts leadership and essay-writing events called Sparks in evening and weekend hours throughout the fall to help young women voice and develop their ideas then polish their writing. Entries are judged by a diverse panel of professional females in Boston, who will choose ten finalists including one grand prize winner.

“For a lot of girls, this is a new conversation.  We want to give them the space to support that conversation and the tools to succeed in the contest,” said Annie Gaughen, Director of Girl’s Leadership for Boston GLOW.  “Sparks, which are, at their core, hands-on workshops, create that space.”

Details about the fall workshops can be found on Boston GLOW’s website, and will cover topics like essay writing, creating a plan out of a problem, and how to address the financial budgeting aspect of the contest. The contest will close on December 20th and finalists will be announced on February 10th. Winners will be feted at an Awards Dinner with their friends and family in April, marking the start of their journey with Boston GLOW.

For the first time this year, the grand prize winner will receive $5000 in an educational scholarship.  “In past years, we’ve sent the winner to college with this money.  Raising the stakes to $5000 is huge for us as an organization but more importantly stands to make an incredible impact for our winner,” says Gaughen.   2 semi-finalists will receive $2500 and 7 finalists will receive $500 in educational scholarships and addtional other prizes. Each finalist will work with Boston GLOW and her respective OW mentor throughout the year to develop an educational plan that includes how scholarship funds will be used.

“The best part of the contest is the winner receives $1000 to make her plan a reality and create impactful, tangible change for women in Boston,” said Gaughen. “From the start, we set out to show these girls that we believe in them.  Now we’re going beyond that--we’re giving our finalists a space to prove that their words and thoughts matter, and more than that, that their words and thoughts can change their community.”

For contest description, rules and more information, please visit


About Boston GLOW

Boston GLOW fosters opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active world citizens.

Through two specific program areas - Girls’ Leadership (GL) and Organized Women (OW) - GLOW strives to provide pragmatic programming, leadership training, and service-learning opportunities.

Our mission manifests in many ways ~ from connecting girls with women leaders for mentoring to developing programs for schools looking to fill academic gaps or develop their students outside the classroom. What fuels our mission is a vision for a community in which women and girls have strong voices and opportunities to lead and shape the future.

The women of Boston GLOW are driven – we’re fierce, fun, passionate about our mission and not afraid to speak up and to speak out. Boston GLOW exists to provide women of all ages a place to connect, a soapbox to stand on, and the financial and emotional support and practical knowledge they need to achieve their individual goals.

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