Our Mentoring Difference
EmpowHERment’s Mission: Empowering a continuous network of girls and women to be leaders in their community through mentorship, talent development, and advocacy.
The National Mentoring Partnership found that nearly 18 million youth need or want mentoring, but only three million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships. That means more than 15 million young people still need mentors. Our mentoring program pairs girls in the 9th grade in Charlotte and the surrounding areas with a supportive one-on-one mentor. Mentors commit to helping their mentee build a talent development portfolio and advocacy platform through a 12-month EmpowHERment curriculum that is supported by our community partnership events.
Our community partnership events occur every month during the school year and allow our mentees and mentors to bond with other women and girls through new shared learning experiences, connections to networks, and exposure to community resources & issues. EmpowHERment isn’t just about mentee development; we provide a reciprocal growth opportunity where both the mentee and mentor realize their full potential and strengthen their voice, talent and network as leaders.
Mentors are the heart of our organizational body. They enrich not only the lives of Charlotte teen girls, but also, their own lives and our entire community. CMS girls in the 9th grade are eligible to apply for an EmpowHERment mentor. The EmpowHERment Mentorship Committee evaluates mentee and mentor applications to identify matches with the greatest potential to positively impact both parties.
Mentorship is one of the most rewarding experiences we will have, but it requires a solid commitment to maximize outcomes. Please review the mentor commitment list below.
- Mentors complete the mentorship application form and submit by 5 pm on September 30, 2016
- Mentors commit to spending at least four school years with her mentee (9th – 12th grade)
- Mentors spend at least four hours per month with her mentee
- Mentors pass a background check through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools volunteer screening process
- Mentors agree to participate in a two-hour mentorship training
- Mentors agree to review and sign the mentorship handbook
- Mentors participate in monthly community partnership events with other mentors and mentees
- Most important, mentors are women with a positive attitude, strong character, and a commitment to the continuum of EmpowHERment
- Applications accepted from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools girls in 9th grade
- Demonstrates leadership interest and potential – must complete short answer essay and application
- Has support from a parent/guardian to participate in mentorship commitment
- Attends annual EmpowHERment Summit – September 17, 2016
- Commits to serving as a peer-leader for empowHERment in their school and community
- Must be able to participate in 90% of monthly Leadership Academy events during the 3rd Saturday of each month from 2-4pm at various locations
- Commit to spending at least 4 hours per month with their assigned one-on-one woman mentor (in person, virtual, text, email, or phone)
“When she succeeds, we succeed”