Strong Women, Strong Girls
As college mentors within SWSG, our immediate goal is to foster a nurturing, supportive, and empowering environment for the third, fourth, and fifth grade girls we serve. At the same time, however, the college women who create this community are inevitably encompassed by it—perhaps, as deeply as their mentees.
Throughout the semester, a SWSG mentor works to encourage the importance of positive relationships within a social circle. This is achieved through implementing structured activities that tend to focus on a specific area of personal growth; these areas can include leadership-skills, community service, communication, or self-confidence. By facilitating the program, mentors demonstrate these attributes to their mentees. By accepting the role as a mentor, a college woman within SWSG ultimately enhances her own personal leadership skills, her desire to partake in community service, and her personal self-confidence.
After participating SWSG, approximately 85% of mentors reported an increased connection to a female community, and approximately 93% of mentors reported an increased desire to participate in other forms of community service. At the college-age level, SWSG encourages the same nurturing, supportive, and empowering environment that mentors strive to create for their mentees. As mentors become leaders within the organization, they also become leaders outside of the organization. Participation in SWSG has molded them into confident, young women of the future. A mentor can positively and effectively apply the lessons taught by SWSG to any aspect of her life, including her personal career, future community service, or any other challenge she may come upon. A SWSG mentor becomes a role model for not only the young girls, but the entire Duquesne student body—and in turn, the entire Pittsburgh community.
SWSG is led, implemented, and financially supported entirely through the efforts of our chapter. Funding would help us provide the materials we need to fully implement our program to the girls we serve. Through funding, we could be assisted with the provision of healthy snacks, paper for printing biographies, and necessary craft materials to support each lesson—including crayons, markers, poster board, pencils, scissors, pipe cleaners, and glue sticks. Funding could also aid in the planning of our annual field trip. As the number of girls in SWSG grows, the amount of needed materials—and therefore funding—subsequently grows.
There is an activity in the semester that requires the girls to share the name of a strong woman in their own lives. When we see a mentor’s names written on the line, we know that our mission has been advanced.
Please consider joining us in our mission to empower our young mentees, and change their lives forever.