Having a positive female mentor can have a huge impact on a girl’s life. As young girls’ transition from adolescence into womanhood, they often face a variety of challenges dealing with emotional, physical, psychological, and oftentimes sexual aspects. According to Dr. Lucia Gilbert of Santa Clara University, “young female students need female mentors that can relate to the diversity women are facing today.” At Uplifting HER Inc., our mentorship program is designed to provide a protected space for our young girls to connect through shared experiences. With encouragement, we will teach them patience, build their confidence, and assist them in developing and maintaining a positive mentality. Girls with dreams become women with visions.
At Uplifting HER Inc. we believe that there are many purposes for training. However, the most important purpose for us is to sharpen and broaden the minds of the young ladies to make them want more out of life. We accomplish this by providing assessments of their current skillsets and then utilizing those skills to build upon. We are providing them with the tools (counseling, mentoring, educating) and the skillset to achieve their goals.
In regards to education, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quote sums it all up, “Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education”. Uplifting HER Inc. follows this premise. We are working with the young ladies in a one-on-one and group setting based on where they currently are. We provide afterschool homework assistance. We provide technical training and proper social media skills. We provide etiquette skills in which they will have the opportunities to practice exercising these skills during our various balls and social events. We do this because we understand that it is not only important to be “book smart” in our day and age; they also need to be socially educated.
The goal of our guidance program is to build positive connections with the young ladies, which in turn will lead to other successes in their lives. Tina Yothers said it best when she stated, “You just have to have the guidance to lead you in the right direction until you can do it yourself”. What better way to prepare our ladies to be independent? Uplifting HER Inc. works alongside our young ladies, guiding them to success.