Some people give something more valuable than money. They give their time.
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.)
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