Non-Profit Organization Uncovers Talent and Potential through Women Helping Women
Boston, MA. – March 22, 2012 – On April 10, 2012, ten high school girls from some of Boston’s most underfunded school systems will be standing proof that speaking up and pursuing dreams really does pay off. The students will be recognized as winners of the 2012 IGNITE Change Essay Contest, which encourages teen girls in challenged communities to find their voice and make a call for change through writing. The contest, developed in 2010 by local non-profit Boston GLOW, and judged by a panel of published female authors, will award winners with educational funding and support, including pairing each girl with a writing mentor to personally help her in the process of realizing the power of voice. The 2012 essay question asked, “What would you change about the role of women in your community, city, or school?”
Boston GLOW, defined as Girls’ Leadership (GL), Organized Women (OW), was founded in 2010 and is led completely by young, working professional women volunteers who want to encourage the development of strong, successful, and civically engaged women who are the future of the Boston community. The 2012 IGNITE Change Awards Dinner, to be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in downtown Boston, will honor:
Natesho Ali (Roxbury), Giselle Maria Bonilla (Hyde Park), Li-Feng Collins (East Somerville), Zacorah Kamaria Jackman (Dorchester), Fatima Khan (Somerville), Catherine Nakato (Somerville), Kheyla Thaimar Orival (Somerville), Jasmine R. Taylor (Dorchester), Franchesca Viaud (Roxbury), and Crystal Walker (Dorchester).
Authors Gina Damico (www.ginadami.co), Lauren Morrill (www.laurenmorrill.com), Diana Renn (www.dianarenn.net), Gina Rosati (www.ginarosati.com), and Hilary Weisman Graham (www.hilarygraham.com) judged this year’s essays.
The first place winner, to be named at the dinner, will receive $1,000 in college scholarship money and a netbook computer; two second place winners will receive $750 and a netbook; and the other 6 winners will receive $500 and a netbook. In recognition of the fact that financial support is just the first step in ensuring the success of these young women, each will receive education and career counseling through an assigned mentor for the remainder of the year, who they will meet at the dinner on April 10.
Funding for the Awards Dinner and prizes were raised at Boston GLOW’s January 2012 fundraiser, IGNITE the NITE, which raised over $25,000 to support young females who aspire toward higher education and professional goals but lack the resources to achieve these dreams. “Each of these young women have something very important to say, but aren’t always given the opportunities to be heard,” said Leah Moschella, Founder of Boston GLOW. “Our mission is to pave a path for these girls, through which there voices will be heard, and their future goals will be realized. It is incredibly inspirational to read their words, but when we meet them in person we tangibly see and feel the power and energy of determined women.”
About Boston GLOW
Boston GLOW is a local nonprofit that strives to empower women. Founded in 2010 by East Boston resident Leah Moschella, 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. To learn more about Boston GLOW please visit www.bostonglow.org.
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