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Education

Ellen Wiss
"We all know that the 'whole person' is key, that mental health and physical health are inextricably linked. And yet the systems for mental health and physical health are almost completely separate." – Ellen Wiss, WGA President, welcomes participants to a panel discussion on mental health in Northeast Florida.

Education is key to bringing attention to issues and inspiring action. Throughout the year, WGA develops and hosts a number of programs to expand the knowledge of WGA Members, policy makers, the media and the general public. Education is a fundamental component of our strategic philanthropy.

Educational Events

WGA events are held throughout Northeast Florida, in locations that vary from museums and television studios to lecture halls and Members' homes. Some are mid-day, while others are held after work. Some are catered events or optional brown-bag lunches. Some are intimate discussions with only a handful of attendees while others seat a few hundred people.

Our events balance multiple objectives:

  • Education about strategic philanthropy
  • Lectures from experts about our focus area (currently transitioning from Mental Health to Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty: Intervention and Prevention)
  • Visits to our grantees' sites (e.g. BEAM hosts WGA) to see  their challenges and the impact of our funding firsthand
  • Background and context for important advocacy issues (e.g. sex trafficking)
  • Education about local issues impacting women in our local neighborhoods, Jacksonville and Northeast Florida

Replying to a recent survey, WGA members responded favorably to our program of events, saying,

  • "Considering the size of the Jacksonville area, WGA does a wonderful job getting to many different locations."
  • "I like that daytime events are usually during the lunch hour, start promptly and end on time. WGA is respectful of our time and schedules."
  • "WGA has done a great job identifying important issues and pressing topics to help us impact the girls and women in our community."
  • "I have learned about many urgent issues that were completely off my radar before, and I am grateful for that."

Join us! Choose educational events that work best for you, your schedule and your interests. You can also learn more about issues by browsing our research and resources as well as our advocacy activities.

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