62% of U.S. girls report no connection with local women leaders outside of their family – we change that. YOU can help bridge the gap. Mentoring is a learning and growth experience for both the mentor and mentee.
Thank you for your interest in becoming an EmpowHERment Mentor!
Our EmpowHERment Leadership Academy and Mentorship Program is currently in its 5th year. The next mentorship cohort will begin in January 2017. We need YOU to empower HER to lead!
The deadline to apply for 2017 is Friday, September 30, 2016. Please complete your mentoring application HERE.
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 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 9-month EmpowHERment curriculum throughout her high school career that is supported by our monthly community partnership events.
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, her own lives and our entire community. CMS area girls in 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 September 30, 2016
- Mentors commit to spend 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades CMS school calendar years with her mentee *(some students are in 10th or 11th grade at enrollment)
- Mentors spend at least four hours per month with her mentee (in-person, text, email, phone or virtually)
- Mentors pass a background check through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools volunteer screening process
- Mentors agree to participate in a one-time 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