The Mission of Project Girl Mentoring Program is to foster the advancement of young women of color to make positive life choices and to maximize their authentic potential.
Project Girl Mentoring Program is committed to creating change and building the voices of young women of color. We envision a community in which every young woman is empowered to make informed decisions, establish healthy relationships and be self-sufficient. Through mentorship, we nurture her goals, aspirations, and ambitions. We encourage her to flourish into her full potential.
VISION & VALUES
Be a Voice not an ECHO
"In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.... a mentor helps the person interpret the world."
Emerge is a program to promote a series of weekly/bi-weekly life skills workshops group, with a focus on confidence/self-esteem, etiquette, finances, higher education, decision making, and communication skills. This program is aimed to point girls into making positive life choices and growing into womanhood. Some of the life skills we will be talking about are “Frenemy, Boys, and Boundaries, Self-Esteem, Goal Setting, Exploring Character, Morals and Values, Money Smarts, and What does it take to College or a Tech School.”
Inspire (Her) is a program to stimulate the collective thoughts of young women through discussions and panel forums. The topics focus on issues facing young women like “Body Image,” “Valuing Yourself,” “Growing up without a Dad,” “Identifying Positive Role Models,” and “Leadership 101.” Moderators will facilitate these discussions and will add their thoughts, feelings, and their unique experiences. Young women will also get the opportunity to attend Youth Summits, Student Conferences and Leadership Development Training, and Special Speaker Series.
Steam Connect is a program to encourage young women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Mathematics) education. This program will help build confidence and foster a love of science, technology, and arts. Girls will participate and be exposed to STEAM through community events and collaboration with other organizations that engage young women in STEAM.
OUR IMPACT & WHY YOUNG WOMEN OF COLOR?
In the United States, girls and young women of color face deep-seated disparities. From birth, girls of color are more likely to face poverty than white girls: over 60% of girls of color are born to families living on low incomes or below the poverty line. They’re also more likely to suffer child sexual abuse, be sexually harassed on the street and at school, and experience dating violence. Distinct differences in the ways in which class, race, immigration status, sexual identity, youth, and other identities intersect in the lives of girls of color also drive unique disparities. Black girls, for example, are six times more likely to be suspended in school than their white peers. Native American girls experience the highest rate of physical assault by an intimate partner. Twenty-two trans women and girls were murdered in 2015, with women and girls of color making up a disproportionate number of the victims.
~Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation.
As a small mentoring program, we know we can't do it alone. Our program succeed because of the efforts of our entire community and its supporters. We hope that you will join us in out efforts to uplift the young women of color in our community.
Address: 23931 WA-99 #101, Edmonds WA 98026