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 Empowering the Everyday Woman in Developing and Achieving Her Life Goals 

News for Women by Women 

The YPWA was founded in 2011 with the vision of engaging and empowering Worcester’s young professional women through educational and social endeavors.

The YPWA fosters connections for professional women who seek to make our region a better place to live, work, play, and stay. Our monthly events provide opportunities for our members to network, socialize, and become informed about important topics ranging from Worcester’s economic vitality to their own personal well-being and professional development.

We strive within this network to come together to improve ourselves and our community. Women in this organization are uniquely positioned to contribute to the region’s economy, hold leadership positions in the business and non-profit sectors, and influence policy that will ensure a strong society for years to come. Read more here.


Leadership And Management: Why Women's Empowerment Is Everyone's Issue


The bleak stereotype too many have of African women is that they are poor, oppressed, voiceless victims. But if everyone in the world were all paid one dollar for each hour they work, African women would actually be the millionaires. At Maji Safi Group (MSG), my co-founder, Max Perel-Slater, and I have had the privilege of witnessing what really happens when you employ African women and tap them to lead. What we found from our organization can empower you to make women’s empowerment a men’s issue as well.

We formed MSG in 2013 around the power of women, in rural Tanzania on the shores of Lake Victoria. Some of the women there have lost family members to preventable and treatable threats, like drinking or bathing in water from contaminated, open water sources. But despite their suffering, African women know grit, endurance and hope. Read more here.


The Investing in Girls Alliance (IIGA) was created in 2007 at the behest of the Worcester Mayor’s Task Force on Youth at Risk due to concerns about the rise of violence among girls and young women in greater Worcester.The Alliance is made up of representatives from local and state government agencies, public schools and colleges in the Greater Worcester area, non-profit and private organizations.

The Investing in Girls Alliance (IIGA) is an unprecedented collaboration to address the challenges girls face in the crucial middle-school transition years. IIGA’s mission is to improve services for middle school girls in central Massachusetts through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. The ultimate vision of the Investing in Girls Alliance is that all girls grow up to be happy, healthy, and productive women. In order to achieve our mission we focus on three priority areas. Physical, Mental and Sexual Health are core to girls’ well-being and good health provides the foundation for achievements throughout her lifetime. Education and Economic Empowerment gives girls the tools and opportunities they need to be in charge of their lives and actively engage in their families and communities. Addressing issues of Violence and Safety is fundamental to girls’ success; we must ensure the safety of girls where they grow, learn, work and play. The work of IIGA centers around four key strategies; Data and Research to effectively measure the well being of local girls and understand their current and emerging needs, Public Education to raise community awareness of the unique needs, assets and challenges of middle school aged girls, Promoting Best Practices through networked training and peer sharing and Advocacy to secure gender equitable polices and sufficient resources for girls by aligning with like partners across the state including the MA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. You can learn more by clicking the picture. 


Entrepreneurship to End Extreme Poverty

We believe in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit to transform lives. Village Enterprise equips people living in extreme poverty in rural Africa to start sustainable businesses and savings groups. Graduates from our program generate income and savings from their small businesses that improves their standard of living and breaks the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. You can learn more by clicking the picture. 

 What is the Transcendental Meditation technique?

Transcendental Meditation is an effortless technique that allows your mind to settle inward, beyond thinking, to experience pure awareness—the most silent and peaceful level of the mind, your innermost Self.

The technique is practiced for twenty minutes twice-daily, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. Simple, natural and easy to learn, it doesn’t require clearing your mind of thoughts or concentrating. It’s so effortless, within just a few minutes anyone can transcend or go beyond worries and agitation. You can learn more by clicking the picture.