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Westfield-Mayville Rotary helps fund Westfield YWCA Girls’ Empowerment Program

September 2, 2017
Westfield Republican

During the July 11 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, which was held at The Parkview in Westfield, Renee Miller, who is the Westfield YWCA Interim Executive Director, and Angela Fowler, this YWCA's Administrative Coordinator, gave insights about this YWCA's Girls Empowerment Program. This program will begin in August. The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville donated $400 to the Westfield YWCA on June 20 for its Girls' Empowerment Program.

Miller, who has served as the Westfield YWCA's volunteer Interim Executive Director for the past 15 months, stated, "Our goal is to expand the Girls' Empowerment Program through fundraising and volunteerism. Program participants are females between the ages of 8 and 18. We want to move this program from being a child service program to a Mission-driven empowerment program, so that it is not misinterpreted as being daycare. We wanted to make it its own program, so that it shines a bit more."

She said, "It is only through the generous donation from the Westfield-Mayville Rotary that the Girls' Empowerment Program is able to get off the ground this year. We are thankful to this Rotary Club for ensuring that this long-running YWCA program continues to enrich the lives of the young girls and women in our community."

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Janese Berkhouse (left), Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville President, introduced Westfield YWCA representatives Renee Miller (center) and Angela Fowler (right) during this club’s July 11 meeting at The Parkview in Westfield. Miller and Fowler spoke about the YWCA’s Girls’ Empowerment Program, and thanked this Rotary Club for its recent donation to help fund the program.

Fowler, who is the Westfield YWCA Administrative Coordinator, stated, "We will kick off our registration for the Girls' Empowerment Program with a gala on Fri., Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. We're asking the program participants to come dressed in attire that reflects their career aspirations. Part of the gala agenda is to discuss with the girls what program components they would like to have."

She continued, "We feel that it is important that the girls have a voice in how the program is developed, including what issues, topics and skills they are most interested in learning. We will get their input, while being sure that we offer a broad range of topics that are relevant to empowerment."

This program, which follows the National YWCA curriculum, includes training related to the topics of the YWCA Mission, Community Leadership and Volunteering, Body Image, Communication and Assertiveness, Anti-bullying and Sexual Harassment, and Career Choices for Girl. In the past, the number of participants has ranged from 7 to 25. The program will begin in August with a meeting once per month. Through ongoing fundraising and donations, the Westfield YWCA will strive to expand the program so that participants will be able to meet once weekly.

The Westfield YWCA is reaching out to the community in an effort to gain volunteer mentors for the program's enrolled participants, and also to access funding support. The Girls Empowerment Program costs $5,000 to $10,000 per year. Grants are also being sought to help fund the program.

For more information about the Westfield YWCA's Girls Empowerment Program, including program enrollment and details, and also how to help please contact, Angela Fowler at 716-326-2011 or or Renee Miller at



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