Community activist Shirley Edgerton saw a need for adolescent girls to develop their voice and inner selves in a safe, single-sex space. Edgerton founded ROPE (Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program), to provide a mentoring program for girls in the Berkshires. Edgerton recently sat down with Connecting Point’s Carolee McGrath to discuss why she decided to start this program 9 years ago. 

This story is the third piece in Connecting Point’s “Women Business Leaders in the Berkshires” special series. Each week in November, Connecting Point visits a woman-run business to learn about the challenges they face and the accomplishments they are most proud of.