I mentored with Strong Women Strong Girls this past Wednesday, and it was a great experience! In the beginning, my involvement in Strong Women Strong Girls was looking gloomy; the school I was supposed to be mentoring at did not have the money to fund the after school program. However, a large group of girls signed up at Roosevelt, an elementary school, which I believe is in Keric. They needed an extra mentor, and it just seemed to fit into my schedule.
I was excited for Wednesday. The girls at Roosevelt are all in fifth grade, and are very excited to be part of the program. A lot of the girls bonded with us instantly, looking for an older female role model in their lives. As part of our first lesson, we showed the girls how we are all very different but are still connected via an icebreaker. The girls also made their journals, which is a really cool aspect of SWSG. They write in these journals on a bi-weekly schedule. They can write about anything they please, but if they need a writing prompt, they are provided with one. After they write their entries, the following week, the mentors collect the journals, read the entries, and write responses to each of the girls individually. This part of the program allows extra bonding with the girls. We closed our first session with friendship bracelets, which unite us all together as strong women, and of course ended with the SWSG cheer. So far, I think the program is very beneficial, both to the mentors and to the girls. I am very excited to go back this week to hear more about “secret boyfriends” and special nicknames.
The Duquesne chapter of Strong Women Strong Girls will be participating in the Halloween parade on Saturday, tossing candy out to the crowd. Come out and show your support!