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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

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!