Mary J. Blige Center for Women

Enhancing the academic, personal and parenting skills of women and girls

The Mary J. Blige Center for Women, a partnership between WJCS and FFAWN, is committed to providing girls and women with skills, knowledge, resources and supports that will empower them to pursue their personal goals and become self-sufficient, confident women. 

Located in Yonkers, components of the Center include:

    (Providing a change in direction...a new beginning)  Helping low income pregnant and parenting young women (ages 16-21) to achieve more independence and productivity through education, including exploring career choices, parenting skills, paid internships, volunteer work, life skills training and GED classes.  

   (Creating and passing on values that last forever)
Dedicated to promoting empowerment through teaching principals of success in careers, family life, relationships, health and money management for women ages 22 and up. Women seek and share advice in our sister-to-sister support groups that address the unique issues they face. Participants are encouraged to practice behaviors that promote life-long traditions.  

MY LIFE PROJECT   (The power to control my future rests with me)  
Inspires and prepares young girls (7-12th grades) to succeed in the real world by teaching decision-making and problem-solving skills that build self-confidence and self-esteem. Girls attend workshops that deal with peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, relationship abuse/violence, sexual activity, college and career planning and more. Girls open their minds to their full potential,
PATRICE'S CLOSET  (Clothes can lift our spirits and confidence. But if we are hounded by feelings of insecurity, it's our inside that needs attention. Let's work on the heart, mind and soul beneath them so you can get the job!)
Provides professional clothing and image counseling to women seeking employment. The purpose of the program is to help women move into the workplace by educating them to present themselves well with confidence and pride.               

The Mary J. Blige Center offers: 

  • Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation
  • Career Exploration/Work Readiness
  • Parenting Education
  • College Readiness
  • Life Skills Training
  • Health/Wellness Supports
  • Family Life & Sex Education
  • Self-Empowerment Groups
  • Mentoring
  • Advocacy and Support
  • Referrals to other community resources

Click here for a brochure of the Mary J. Blige Center for Women programs.

For further information, contact: 
Ebony Carelock, program coordinator, youth development
Phone:  914-965-9140  E-mail:

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