PAYING IT FORWARD

In 2001, Enterprise Community Partners, in partnership with the Enterprise Women’s Network, established the first all-girls youth mentoring program in Baltimore City. The Girls Mentoring Program establishes a support system for girls while enriching their educational experience. I am so very proud to be a mentor and that’s why I’m donating a percentage of my business profits to support this program that is so close to my heart.

I’m a small business. I can’t write a huge check every year, but I can allocate a small portion of my profits every month to this hands-on, sustainable program. Because this program is 100% staffed by volunteers, it doesn’t take much—that’s the thing about it. This is a program where I know that my donation isn’t going to pay marketing, administrative or management fees. My donation pays for tangible items that go right to the girls—a field trip to the country, lunch on a college visit or transportation to a museum.

In this very special mentoring program women from all backgrounds and ages are matched with girls from William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School. As mentors, we usually meet twice per month on a Thursday afternoon at the girls’ school in small groups. We work with the girls on various group projects or informal interactive presentations while we enjoy a snack, chat about family, school, friendships and current issues that have their attention. During the school year we also get together for at least three fun-filled excursions/field trips where we visit a college, spend a day outdoors or visit a museum. Our time spent with the girls helps build their self-esteem, encourages them to make healthy choices, develops their coping strategies and helps them achieve academic success. It is truly the most rewarding thing I do in my life.

If you'd like more information about becoming a mentor, please contact me and I am happy to tell you all about my experience working with these amazing women and young girls. If you would like to make a donation, know that every dollar is appreciated and goes directly to support the girls' activities.