Program History

Newburgh Girl Power, a Mission of St. George’s Episcopal Church, is a newly created program that launched in the fall of 2012. It is an “outgrowth” of the Open Space program that operated from 1999 through the summer of 2012. The mission of Open Space was to awaken a sense of self worth in teen mothers and their children through an arts and literacy-based program. The program provided teen mothers with mother and child bonding activities, and education on a wide range of issues related to child health, life skills training, women’s health and parenting responsibilities. From its inception the Open Space program, which was also a Mission of St. George’s Church, served over 100 teen mothers and children. Coveting early intervention, education and support to at risk girls to reduce risk factors; the Advisory Board shaped the vision and mission of the Newburgh Girl Power program.