The Stepping Into Strength (SIS) Mentoring Program builds and develops young girls in the community to become resilient, fearless, educated and empowered. These skills will support them to become women who make self-sustaining decisions to enhance their lives.
SIS and This Woman’s Work (TWW) designed this program to encourage youth to dream beyond their often oppressive conditions of urban life. As an early intervention and prevention service, students from grades 9-12 will be selected for mentoring relationships. These young women will be chosen based on their risk of educational failure, teen pregnancy, truancy and juvenile delinquency.
The vision of SIS is to thrive as a national and global mentorship program dedicated to the enrichment and empowerment of young girls. The program will serve as an avenue of infinite possibilities. Mentees will benefit from exposure to an expanded potential for their lives and what education has to offer them.enefit from exposure to an expanded potential for their lives and what education has to offer them.
HOW IT WORKS
Up to 25 youth will be paired with 25 screened and thoroughly trained adult volunteers (IronWomen). These nurturing relationships will encourage young women to “dare to dream”. Mentees will participate in sponsored recreational and cultural activities, academic enrichment and exposure to non-traditional careers.