SMART Girls, STRONG Women

A Marquee Fundraiser to Help Support Programming for Girls

Make plans to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington on Thursday, April 8th at 6:00 p.m. for the annual event:
SMART Girls, STRONG Women
Presented By: Comprehensive Financial Consultants

This will truly be An Evening of Empowerment as we share remarkable stories of overcoming the odds. We hope you join us for this unique and heart-felt event from the comfort of your own home as the Club attempts to raise the necessary funds that will enable our continuous effort to provide world-class programming to our young Club girls. 

This year, we are so excited to welcome Mona Dixon as our keynote speaker!
Mona is a Boys & Girls Club alum and was named the 2010-2011 National Youth of the Year recipient.

From a cardboard box to the White House, Mona will share her miraculous story that began with humbled beginnings as she was homeless and living on the streets until the age of 13. Just four years later, she was standing in the Oval Office being named a Presidential Appointee by President Obama. Additionally, Mona was named one of the “Most Influential Black Women” by Essence Magazine alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Mona credits the Boys & Girls Club with changing her life.

In addition to sharing her story with us, Mona will also do a LIVE one-on-one Question & Answer segment with a Club female, who will also serve as the Guest Hostess for SMART Girls, STRONG Women! We will also highlight female members of our Club staff who have gone above-and-beyond to answer the needs for our Club kids – especially during the immense challenges of this past year. Finally, we will attempt to raise enough funds to sponsor at least 112 Club kids who attend the Boys & Girls Club!

WHAT DO I RECEIVE WITH A TICKET PURCHASE?
By purchasing a $40.00 ticket, you will receive a private Event Link to enjoy the virtual show featuring Mona Dixon. Additionally, your $40.00 ticket purchase is allowing two children (or eight children at the Ferguson Crestmont Club) to become members at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington for one year and receive world-class and life-changing opportunities…just like Mona was able to do! Finally, you are making a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington as we continue to fulfill the mission of empowering all young people – especially those who need us most.

While we wish we could be together in-person this year, we hope you consider supporting our Club kids by “attending” this unique event online! Thank you for your support, and we look forward to “seeing” you for
An Evening of Empowerment during SMART Girls, STRONG Women on Thursday, April 8th at 6:00 p.m.! 

WHAT IS SMART GIRLS PROGRAMMING?

An immensely beneficial and world-class program that directly impacts Club females, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-enhancement program for young women ages 8-17. 

"SMART Girls taught me how to be myself and have fun!"

Julie B. | Age 12
SMART Girls Club Member

SMART Girls helps young women reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy life-changing opportunities to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.

Other topics addressed through the SMART Girls programming with older girls include how the media influences attitudes about females, date rape and sexual harassment, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual myths and truths, getting regular gynecological care and the physical and emotional changes girls experience in their lifetime.

"You are you, and what you do matters. You can't be someone else while you're trying to be yourself. That's what SMART Girls gave me!"

Sasha A. | Age 14
SMART Girls Club Member

WHAT IS THE SMART GIRLS, STRONG WOMEN EVENT?

SMART Girls, STRONG Women is an annual event where funds to support SMART Girls programming are raised through various avenues including ticket sales, sponsorships, a live auction component and a concluding fund-a-need. This specific event, typically held during the springtime, has been a staple for the Club since 2016, and is traditionally a sold-out spectacle with nearly 300 people in attendance. 

During the business-casual event, various community female leaders spearhead a panel-style discussion, which focuses on the importance of positive female-imagery to young girls in today’s world. The event also includes a buffet-style dinner with dessert.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced SMART Girls, STRONG Women to be a virtual event – a first for the Boys & Girls Club. Despite the unusual virtual circumstances, the event was immensely successful as the evening focused on stories of resilience and hope among Bloomington and Monroe County’s women leaders. The 2020 installment of SMART Girls, STRONG Women was historic in that it marked the first virtual event/fundraiser in Bloomington after COVID-19 paused in-person events.

The Club has allowed me to grow a strong relationship with peers and staff members over the time I have been here. Being a member has also given me confidence outside of the Club to try and do more in life.

Grace Turner

2016 Youth of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington (Ellettsville Unit)

PREVIOUS SMART GIRLS, STRONG WOMEN SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Laurie Burns McRobbie

Mae Cassady

Joani Crean

Mona Dixon

Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan

Dr. Sue Ellsperman

Sara Hamidovic

Jessika Hane

Nichole Hickman

Morgan Miller

Wendy Miller

Madalyn Moorman

Courtney Payne-Taylor

Tina Peterson

Ann St. John

Janis Stockhouse

Dr. Lori Thompson

Grace Turner

Jennie Vaughan