Mentoring of Girls takes on various forms. It is not always a one on one mentoring process by an assigned mentor. To assign a mentor is based on an identified need of the girl or parent. For the most part, peer to peer mentoring is utilized. All of the girls participating in GOF are not at risk girls or have poor self-esteem. Over half are girls are doing very well academically, socially and have strong leadership capabilities. This mix offers girls at risk the opportunity to hear from their peers who are doing well and discuss issues that they are faced with in a safe place as well as solidify healthy and trusting peer relationships. Another form of mentoring is our use of meeting facilitators and art instructors. Usually these are accomplished professional women and artists who inspire and motivate girls to reach their full potential.
The centerfold piece of mentoring for GOF resides in parental mentoring. Parents who serve as mentors are not only actively participating in the program activities but are involved in every aspect of GOF programming including; planning, organizing, leading and identifying appropriate subject matter mentors. These individuals develop mentoring relationships encourage students to achieve success as they navigates through adolescence and teen years..
Our role as mentor:
· To build rapport
· To establish the ground rules and expectations of the mentoring relationship
· To maintain confidentiality
· To create a supportive environment
· To listen actively
· To question effectively
· To offer constructive feedback
· To share experiences and provide advice. among other relationship building strategies
Registration Opens April 30 for 2024-25