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The Enterprise Women’s Network was instrumental in creating Enterprise’s mentoring program. Mentors from all backgrounds and ages are matched with children 8 to 14 years-old.

Mentors meet with the children twice a month. They help build self-esteem, make healthy choices, develop coping strategies for problems and achieve academically through activities such as sports or volunteering.

(Note: Given Covid-19, this year's mentoring program will be hosted virtually. We're planning exciting changes to make the most of this virtual space and we hope you will join us in becoming a mentor to a make a difference in the lives of young girls in Baltimore.)

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Program Design

The Mentoring Program establishes a support system for children while enriching their educational experience. The program serves four mentor groups at Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy (formerly William Pinderhughes Elementary-Middle School) – mentoring 35-40 children every year.

The program runs during the school year from October to June. Mentors meet with the children twice a month. In addition to workshops and one-on-one sessions, the program provides three organized field trips each year: a college trip, a cultural/educational trip and an outdoor trip.

The program benefits the children in a variety of developmental, social and educational ways, including:

  • Giving each child a trusted person to talk to, allowing them to build a strong relationship with their mentors
  • Providing valuable life skills, including learning self-respect, being kind and supportive to others, acting with maturity and communicating clearly and effectively
  • Improving school attendance rates
  • Offering college trips, showing them a variety of schools and explaining scholarship opportunities
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