About Us

Young Women Rising (YWRising) is a project of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS) and is a natural extension of the commissions work in promoting civics and leadership. The project offers skill-building events, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, a comprehensive newsletter, an annual essay contest for high school juniors, a signature service project called #ProjectPeriod and more.

To join YWRising you must be a young woman between the ages of 18-35 and reside in Connecticut. Joining is easy, free and gets you automatically signed up for our monthly newsletter.

Steering Committee:

A diverse group of 12 young women make up the Young Women Rising steering committee. These incredible women help shape the direction of the program and are instrumental in planning our events and opportunities.

Karina Barra-Arrendondo

Joanna Flanagan

Maddie Granato

Meg Grant

Melinda Johnson

Stacey Lopez

Ronae Mason-Craig

Michelle Noehren (Co-Chair)

Denise Rhone (Co-Chair)

Maha Saleem

Kristianna Smith

Arvia Walker


YWRising is run by Michelle Noehren, Women’s Policy Liaison and Special Projects Manager at the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. To get in touch please email her at Michelle.Noehren@cga.ct.gov.