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Wellesley A Better Chance celebrates 40 years of helping young women thrive

Wellesley A Better Chance celebration

Photos by Chris Georgenes

Congrats to Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC) for its 40 years of helping 70+ smart young women from underserved areas by putting them up in town and sending them to Wellesley High School. Alums of the program have gone on to become doctors, teachers, photographers, CFOs, hairstylists and more.

At its celebration over the weekend at Wellesley College,  Wellesley ABC brought back women who went through the program as far back as in the 1970s (including Latawnya Dia, ’77)  to recognize them and enable them to network and share their stories.

Also honored were those who have volunteered their time, and in some cases their homes, to support Wellesley ABC. The event’s keynote speaker was U.S. Magistrate Judge William McCurine, Jr., who along with his wife Dana, were the first resident directors of the program.  Wellesley’s chapter of the program is one of only a few in Massachusetts serving public school students.

Wellesley ABC is currently led by co-presidents Becky Georgenes and Jennifer Hanlon Wigon, who did a great job along with many others in orchestrating the Saturday night event, which was a real pleasure to attend.

Wellesley ABC is always looking for volunteers, who do everything from transporting the students to events to tutoring and mentoring them. If interested, get more info at the Wellesley ABC website.


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  1. Andra D Johnson
    Posted August 10, 2015 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    Can you please send Wikepedia a copy of this article? The Wikepedia page for Wellesley High School does not mention the Wellesley ABC program, although the site mentions other programs such as METCO. I attended Wellesley ABC (A Better Chance Scholarship, Inc.) from 1977-79. Wellesley ABC should be mentioned in the Wellesley Sr. High Wikepedia page. Thanks!

    • bbrown
      Posted August 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Andra, Hi, added a mention to Wikipedia entry. We’ll see if it sticks…

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