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Women of Power Network, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Children & Youth

Mission: To Inform and empower women and girls to address issues affecting their health, education, financial and social wellbeing.

Results: Over the past 5 years our mentorship/fellowship program has had great results, graduating 100% of our Developing Leaders Mentoring Program and Teen SMART students (class of 2013 and 2015). Through our college readiness and SAT workshops, students increased their GPA and SAT scores and successfully graduated from high school. 100% of our students went on to 4 year colleges to major in subjects in line with their passion, talent, and unique abilities In addition, their mentors also graduated from college and many went on to pursue Masters and PhDs. Overall 35 students are better off as a result of their participation in our mentorship program. Our Women's Network consist of professional women from a host of careers in healthcare, business, education, finance, social work, and more. They are dedicated servant leader striving to uplift and inspire our fellows be reach their full potential.

Target demographics: To help enrich the lives of women and girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds with a special interest in serving those from low income communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We served over 1000 women and girls throughout Connecticut. WOPN will relocate to Charlotte, NC in 2018.

Geographic areas served: Charlotte and surrounding cities in North Carolina

Programs: 1. Provides leadership and social development, college exploration and mentoring to high school girls through our Teen SMART ( Sisters Mastering Academics and Realizing their Talent) Fellowship Program. 2. Professional Women's Network ( WOPN)~ business capacity building, networking, professional and leadership development, advocate special causes, support group, and fundraising to support our mentorship program. 3. Peer mentoring within the women's network

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rose28

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women of Power Network is an organization, in my opinion, that EVERY woman & girl should
join. WOPN is changing lives & has a little bit of something for everyone. Our mentoring program is phenomenal: pairing high school girls with a college mentor and a professional mentor to get the best of both worlds - prep for higher education & their career. On top of that professional women and other women in our communities from all walks of life have a place to get together & discuss issues affecting our wellbeing on every level and finding solutions through everyone lending their social capital. It is really an organization for women & girls to unite & affect the change they want to see in the world! A place to create, develop & truly transform as our tag line says. That's exciting!!

Channy B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first became a member of WOPN's DLMP I was highly excited to be a part of an organization that was founded by a woman and had the motive to empower high school girls in the greater new haven area . This program gave me a college mentor who I look to as a big sister and also gave me a professional mentor who is ms lekeesha herself . Being a part of this wonderful program made me look at things a lot different . I ended up changing my mind on what I wanted to do when I got to college ; I now want to be a child psychologist and open my own practice . This is all because of ms lekeesha and ms rose . Looking at these two strong woman made me want to be my own boss . When I got to college I got the sweet taste of freedom and I sprinted with it , my first semester I didn't do good at all . Them I started thinking about my mom , ms lekeesha , ms rose and all those other ladies apart of WOPN who would be very disappointed in what I was doing here at college . WOPN makes me look ahead in life and makes me take my mistakes and learn from them . I am so happy to still be apart of this program because it has helped build me . I have also gained life long friendships with a few people and a life long mentor who will always be there for me no matter where I go or what I do .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WOPN has been a great big breath of fresh air. Dedicated to making a difference in the lives of many and accomplishing their goal is no small feat. I wish them continued success as they work to achieve more. I am proud to be a member, one who will actively recruit more members within my state, NJ.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women of Power seeks to empower women of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes to challenge societal norms through the use of education and dialogue to not only understand the issues affecting us, but to also give them the voice they may not know they had. Its a place where all feel welcomed and a part of the process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a public school educator for the past 30+ years I am impressed with the works WOPN has achieved since its inception. My hats go off to the dedication of its founder, Mrs. LeKeesha Miller-Jackson. Her vision has been made a reality. WOPN has been helping those who are in need of sustaining their existence from helping with a local food drive to mentoring young women. I have been a proud member of WOPN and look forward to participating in the panel discussions and workshops offered for women of all ages. Organizations like WOPN are too few. I believe this is an organization that will continue to grow in its membership as it does the much needed and necessary work for all women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a mentor for WOPN has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. Mentoring young ladies is an amazing feeling. The process of enhancing the lives of these girls has taught me so much about myself. I have grown as a student and a young women. WOPN provides benefits for all that are involved. The mentees receive personal and academic guidance from both college and professional mentors. As a mentor, I also receive knowledge and professional advice from a women who holds job in my aspiring major. This has really helped me take great steps towards my future. I greatly appreciate all that this amazing association as provided for me. The founding board is made up of outstanding woman who care so much about others. They make the future of the mentees and mentors are priority in there lives. WOPN is a program that all women, young and old should be given the opportunity to be a part of. I love you all.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I've had a chance to see WOPN in action for a couple of years now. I was particularly impressed to know that the active membership included women from several different states. I have seen WOPN host events that address a multitude of issues that women face, real tough issues, that sometimes others are afraid to talk about. I am excited about the current focus on developing leadership skills in younger women through the mentoring program.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a mentee for WOPN and it is a very uplifting program. Through the program I have gained new friends and confidence in my hidden talents. WOPN has provided me with a mentor in college and a professional mentor to help me find my path for my future. WOPN is an excellent program and we can really use the money.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a mentor for this awesome organization! I really enjoy being part of this group because I have been able to meet new people, make new friends, and learn more about the amazing power each woman has! Together we learn about each other and we focus on our strengths. I have the opportunity to see this young ladies grow into successful individuals. I am able to help my mentee with her school work and provide advice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOPN is a positive program. Not only do they help us try to get into college but we're like a big huge sisterhood! We do programs not only to better ourselves but others too. We do activities on the weekends to give us something to do, and our meetings are powerful; I can never say we have a dull moment. The women of WOPN look out for our best interests, we have someone to help us with our grades, a mentor that is in majoring in something we want to pursue when we get to college to help guide us and help us. I think we deserve this money. We are a positive uplifting program. When I am with the WOPN program it makes me forget about any other problems that I have; We have fun, and I think if we won this money we would better our program and expand our program not only for us, but for other girls younger and older.. This money can help us do many things to better our program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WOPN is a great organization because it is a very helpful program for young women. The mentoring program helps young women reach their goals. It is a great program because it has a positive impact on the society through the young mentees.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOPN's mission to empower young women to achieve their academic, professional and personal goals is facilitated through a mentoring program designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Students from competitive colleges are selected based on their commitment to female empowerment and passion for learning to mentor young female high school students who have expressed interest in pursuing a college education. The program is an intimate group of inspired and passionate women who collectively work to help the young members of the group gain a sense of appreciation, respect, and pride in their individual strengths and talents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOPN rocks hard becose this awsome programe helps teens into womanhood and with help from ur mentor.It also helps and teaches u how to be successfull in ur acadamics.this program also helps u to achive your goals, develope ur talent n make new freinds.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

WOPN fills a niche that many other programs are unable to fill. This network allows young women the opportunity to have mentors who are not only concerned with thier adjust and achievement but they are women who have careers in the fields the mentees have an interest. WOPN takes the time to hand pick mentors that really fit the needs of each student.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WOPN rocks! These ladies are doing a great jobs and our community will be a better place for that reason. The network is dedicated to helping high school girls prepare for college, the work force and life in general and professional women and college students give back in such a great way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women of Power Network is a very unique foundation that helps young ladies come together and impove not only themselves but their communities. Good work WOPN, keep it up!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been said "it's better to give than receive" and the ladies at the Women of Power Network have been doing just that since it was founded in 2009. WOPN has been using its talents to build off its vision of strengthening women through mentoring and social media outlets. Students from various New Haven High Schools have paired with a college mentors and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I've seen first-hand the growth in confidence of these young ladies. I'm excited about WOPN's direction and know that this organization has the capabilities for big things.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women of Power Network, Inc., especially the Developing Leaders Mentoring Platform, has shown itself to be a key community resource in the Greater New Haven, CT, area in a relatively short period of time. I work on a college campus where several of our second year female student leaders have expanded their leadership experience by becoming a mentor through WOPN. Both the collegiate mentors and their high school mentees have bonded with one another and are excited about the opportunities that WOPN has given them to learn about themselves, their future careers and their community. I look forward to the growth of the mentor and mentee pool and the collective impact that these young women will have in New Haven (and beyond)!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WOPN is an organization that should be in high demand. Most young woman going to school or into the workplace need to know they are not secluded. To keep even one woman from making the wrong decision is of paramount importance when you consider what their fulfilled destiny could accomplish.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

WOPN is a positive program and definitely needed in our community. Our young people need more organizations like this to help develop them into young leaders. WOPN is paving the way for our youth to feel empowered by connecting them with positive and inspiring individuals that are in professions that they may be interested in.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WOPN is the epitome of commitment and didication to contribute to the success of our youth. WOPN gives women and girls a resource to really maximize their true potential. You wll not find a more passionate group of members!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WOPN is by far one of the most powerful networks of women that is on a local scale. The vision that the founder, Lekeesha, has for WOPN is so amazing and that is the type of leader that young girls need to develop into women of power. Lekeesha has an eye for good leaders and makes sure that the right message is being sent. I am honored to be a part of the Women of Power Network and plan on being for a very long time.

Life Coach/Speaker - Jaclyn Vocell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to a high-school where less than half of the students had the goal of going to college. However, they had mentors that were willing to help the few of us accomplish that goal. Right away I knew that I did not have to end up like the other half of the students in my school and that college was not just for the rich kids. My mentor, Jessica, who I still communicate with today, stuck with me since my Junior year to my Senior year and I believe that if she would have not helped me with every step, I probably would have ended up working as a cashier.
What I am trying to get at, is that having a mentor helped me get to college. However, I believe that if I would have had a mentor since my sophomore year, which was my most difficult year, and for more than just college apps, my high-school years would have been smoother.
I am currently a mentor at WoPN and I know that Lekeesha Miller-Jackson, along with the other women who helped create WoPN have done their research and know that the percent of high-school drop outs is at its highest during sophomore year. Taking this into consideration they created a non-profit organization that I am proud to be a part of because there is no better feeling than knowing that I am helping a child through their most difficult years of their lives, their high-school years. WoPN has helped me realized the strong effect that I can have on younger kids. Also, how I can lead them in the positive direction.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined the WOPN Network several months ago and the movement is amazingly powerful. WOPN has allowed me to learn there is more to myself than I knew and thought and bring out the best in others.

Relationship Coach Sadie!

Cherie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a mentor at WOPN . I am very pleased to be apart of such a well established organization that have provided an opportunity for me to help high students with the inspiration and drive that I have by sharing it with someone else. WOPN have given me an opportunity to step out of the box and meet new people while serving my community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love WOPN. I lived in New Haven for over 50 years and have never witnessed grassroots efforts like what I have seen here. I have been a volunteer with this dynamic organization since its inception in 2009. I witnessed the vision of WOPN come to fruition before my very eyes. From one discussion on Facebook empowering women to stop complaining and be the change they seek. That power seed grew a harvest of leaders who later became board directors. Their passion and vision drew me in; I had to be a part of it. I remember board meetings at the founder's home, IKIA, resturants and public libraries throughout New Haven County. No matter where they met to plan the future of WOPN they were able to execute their plans to drive them closer to their mission. I volunteered at practically all of their women awarness/ empowerment and recruiting events last year and can't wait to see what's on their agenda for this year! Today I am proud to say that my support along with the relentless effort of their amazing board members, their legacy building mentoring program Developing Leaders Mentoring Platform (DLMP) is moving in the right direction!