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March 17, 2014
Contact: Emily Copeman

Young Women Ignite Change with Support from Boston GLOW

Emily Copeman
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Young Women Ignite Change with Support from Boston GLOW

Boston, MA, January 6, 2014 Nearly a year ago, young women from Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville proposed programs to change the role of women in their communities as part of the Boston GLOW IGNITE Change Leadership Contest. Nine finalists were awarded scholarships, and grand prize winner Huixian Li, 18, of Charlestown, MA, additionally received funding to plan an inspiring mural for the women of Chinatown. Her fellow finalists did not just accept their accolades and prizesthey set to work on putting their ideas into action too.

Boston Latin School junior Ciara Sheeran, 16, of Brighton, MA, proposed funding a softball team on the Allston-Brighton Little League for 10- to 12-year-old girls from low-income neighborhoods. Playing sports, Ms. Sheeran notes, “gives [girls] a competitive edge that they need in school, for getting into college, and that they will need in the workplace.” In April, her plan was honored with other IGNITE Change 2013 entries, and over the coming months, she worked with the West End House Boys & Girls Club to sign the new team up with the league. Under the direction of a coach from the West End House, Ms. Sheeran volunteered her own time to help train the girls. They resume practice this spring.

Heidi Park, 17, of Roslindale, MA, is also a junior at Boston Latin. She proposed a club empowering girls through opportunities to perform music in small ensemble groups. A chamber music night organized by a teacher “put two things together,” said Ms. Park. “If there are people willing to perform, why not take [the music] to a different audience?” Since April, she has founded Music ALOUD, a club that performs at homeless shelters, hospitals, elementary schools, and more. Ms. Park also foresees a time when the club will also support open-mic time to engage the audiences directly in the joy of performing music.

In a few short months, Boston GLOW will announce the fourth cohort of finalists, empowering a new wave of young women. Ten young women will receive $17,000 in scholarships; three will also win tablet computers, and one winner will receive a $1,000 grant to fund her proposed project. But for young women like Ms. Sheeran, the opportunity is far bigger: “[Boston GLOW] showed me that even at my age, I am able to do a lot more in my community and it’s possible for people to look up to me. And that was very empowering.” Funding for the IGNITE Change Leadership Contest and other Girls’ Leadership programming is primarily raised at Boston GLOW’s annual IGNITE the NITE Gala, which is taking place at the Artists for Humanity’s EpiCenter on February 27, 2014 at 7pm. Ms. Li, Ms. Sheeran, and Ms. Park will all be featured in the gala’s centerpiece video.


For more information about IGNITE Change, IGNITE the NITE, and other Boston GLOW programs, contact Victoria Sandbrook Flynn at [email protected]

About Boston GLOW

Boston GLOW empowers girls and women to confidently use their voices and become leaders in our communities. Girls’ Leadership (GL) identifies and rewards motivated young women who possess powerful ideas through scholarship, micro-grant, and mentoring programs. Boston GLOW’s Organized Women (OW) engages and inspires a network of professionals at monthly, issue-focused events and in numerous service opportunities that help them reach their full potential. This dual approach has established a nurturing support system for tomorrow’s leaders, assembled a core of enthusiastic volunteers, and has already affected measurable and meaningful results throughout the Boston area.


Boston GLOW’s fourth annual gala, IGNITE the NITE, will be held at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston on February 27, 2014 at 7pm. The night will feature signature dishes from Tavern Road, El Pelon, and Gourmet Caterers; cocktails highlighting local brewers and distilleries; a silent auction with items ranging from hotel packages to dinner at Boston’s best restaurants; and more! Tickets are currently on sale at Advance price tickets are available until January 15 and start at $60; after January 15, tickets start at $75. All event proceeds benefit Boston GLOW’s Girls’ Leadership programming, including the 2014 IGNITE Change Leadership Contest. 

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