“I believe my role as an adult advocate is necessary and very important to not only myself, the youth, their families, but also the larger community. GreatHER™ Together is a collaborative community strategy that empowers girls to imagine “what can be” in their lives, identify their goals and develop personal and realistic pathways to get there. My role as a mentor is that of a friend, teacher, encourager, and motivator. I am showing my mentee positive ways to engage with her peers, her community and in educational settings. I help her to realize her self-worth so she can accomplish whatever goals she sets forth, including high school graduation.
The Women’s Fund has assisted in various ways to make sure programs like GreatHER™ Together can take place. Without financial assistance, programs that make a positive impact can be discontinued. I have absolutely enjoyed my role and am happy to say my match has been going strong for almost four years. My ‘girl’ often asks me, ‘Do we have to stop meeting when I turn 18?’ I chuckle and say, ‘I’m in this for life as long as you’ll have me, kiddo.’”
Adult Advocate with GreatHER™ Together