Young Women’s Leadership Program

WFLI knows that developing and encouraging young women leaders means a brighter future for everyone. 

In addition to working closely with our grantee partners that focus on young women, WFLI also created a leadership program called GirlsFLI (Girls Fund of Long Island) and presents its Shapiro-McCormick Young Woman Leader Award at our annual Breakfast.

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Young Woman's Leadership Program

GirlsFLI develops the next generation of young women leaders and promotes youth philanthropy by bringing together high school girls from diverse ethnic, racial, socio-economic and geographic areas to discuss and act upon issues facing young people in their communities.  With guidance from WFLI, these young women decide for themselves how to reach across their differences to jointly help prevent problems such as gang violence, drugs, bullying, self-esteem and collaborate to change the dialogue…and the outcomes. 

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Meet Brea Baker
2011 Shapiro-McCormick
Young Woman Leader

Being named a Young Woman Leader by the Women’s Fund of Long Island was like joining a family. When I first received the award, I felt honored and was thankful to be able to jumpstart my community service projects that I knew would immediately help women and girls around the world and right here on Long Island.  Now almost 3 years later I feel even more blessed because their support didn’t end with the check and breakfast reception.  The staff at WFLI are as supportive now as they were then. They encourage me. They advise me. They lift me up. They are there for Head 2 Toe in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I first became a Young Woman Leader. Being a Young Woman Leader has changed my life.

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Young Woman Leader Award

Each year at our Women Achievers Breakfast, remarkable young women are recognized with the Shapiro-McCormick Young Woman Leader Award for advocating for girls within their schools or communities and making a difference in the lives of young women through philanthropy, advocacy or other community service efforts.