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Through Her Eyes 2018

October 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

$40 – $150

Through Her Eyes, presented by CHD in partnership with Cambridge College, is a professional conference packed with best practices, practical workshops, inspirational keynotes, and high-quality networking for anyone working in social work, direct care, education, or other helping professions. With a focus on at-risk girls and young women, this conference will provide you with tools to better serve vulnerable populations.

Learn the latest techniques and best practices for social work, direct care, education, psychology from other professionals, especially those who work with girls and young women.


The Through Her Eyes Girls Conference has grown considerably in 14 years.  However, one thing has not changed. We remain dedicated to gathering together those who work directly with girls and young women whose unique challenges and issues make them particularly vulnerable.  Accordingly, you have stepped up to attend the conference and to advance awareness of the issues, help improve the quality of care, and increase integration of available services throughout the region.  Every year, as we plan the conference, we have sought to increase the participation at the conference of girls and young women in whose hands the future is ultimately held.

For the first time in the history of the conference, we are inviting educators and community providers to nominate a young woman (ages 14-17) for one of our available scholarships to attend the conference free of charge. Among the many being offered this year, there are age-appropriate workshops tailored to girls as they strive to become healthy, competent, and confident young women who make valuable contributions to their families and communities.

We invite you now to nominate a young woman for whom this topic has particular meaning and significance, by virtue of lived experience, their contribution to the community and/or any other connection to the subject matter.

We will award scholarships to the first 20 young women nominated. The deadline for submission of your application is October 1, 2018. We invite you, your colleagues and others to consider attending the conference as well. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Register Here  Workshop Descriptions    Nominate a Young Girl for a Scholarship





Eyes of Courage Awards

Given in recognition of a sustained commitment to empowering women and girls to reach their full potential.


Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

Springfield native Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is the record holder as the highest scorer in Massachusetts high school basketball history.  When the International Basketball Federation declared her hijab a uniform violation on the professional level, she chose her faith over her sport. The rule has since been changed and Bilqis is now coaching basketball and “Dribbling Down Barriers,” setting an example and sharing the message that girls and young women can be agents of positive change.

The Young Women’s Initiative of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Led by Christine Monska, the Young Women’s Initiative consists of up to 20 girls and young women. Through a leadership development program and mentoring relationships with adult members, these young leaders investigate barriers, explore solutions, and make recommendations for change in their communities.

Shakirah Howard

Shakirah Howard works at CHD’s Hospitality Center in Waterbury, Connecticut.  It is a place for homeless people to take a shower, do laundry, use a computer or telephone, collect mail, take shelter from snow, cold, extreme heat and rain, and enjoy a brief respite from the harshness of living on the street. Shakirah goes above and beyond to uplift, strengthen, empower, and educate the many people whom the Hospitality Center serves.



October 25, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40 – $150


CHD Through Her Eyes Committee
(413) 733-6624


MassMutual Center
1277 Main St.
Springfield, MA 01103 United States
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