She Is Unique! Mentoring Initiative was created to provide girls of color, especially those considered “at-risk”, unique opportunities and experiences. Whether you’re a parent, classroom teacher, or youth leader, you know the importance of engaging young people in a variety of in-depth learning experiences and activities that help them to "process" information and to better understand the material being taught. While simply reading and lecturing may be sufficient for some girls to prompt self-reflection and learning, others may need additional support.
Our ultimate goal is to provide support and nurture girls as they experience life. We accomplish this through self-reflective journaling, structured discussion, creative activities and mentoring relationships in addition to the participation in projects that address pertinent issues of today and their impact on young women. Be Unique! is a great program for our girls and our curriculum is especially written with young women, specifically girls of color, in mind.
Already have a mentoring program? Even better!
With your program already in place, all you need are the right resources to make your program a success! Be Unique! can enhance your program with the materials you need to format an effective, informative and exciting mentoring program. Our curriculum series includes workbooks, creative activities, service projects, discussion topics, resource guides and other materials to help you succeed in your youth program.
Why more black women should be mentors
It’s not a secret that Black girls face quite a few disparities due to race and gender. Overall, Black girls have become overpoliced and under protected and most certainly forgotten in several different movements and intervention plans.
Mentoring allows young women the chance to spend time with a caring and supportive woman invested in their success. Providing these young women with the support and education they need to prevent these hurdles from halting their goals gives them a better chance at reaching and finishing college as well as venturing into a career. Young women, especially those in our urban communities, need women who have overcome obstacles to become successful in their own lives and can share their testimony and support.
According to The Office of Juvenile Justice Programs, 87 % of young women who attended mentoring programs went to college within two years of high school graduation; 52 % were less likely to become pregnant during their teenage years; and 46 % were less likely to use illegal drugs and alcohol.
With the lack of positive representation of Black women on television, women are tasked with the responsibility of ushering in new generations and nurturing, shaping and molding the minds of children.
Stats and Facts About Mentoring Girls
The years from 10 to 14 are a crucial turning point in life's trajectory. This period, therefore, represents an optimal time fo interventions to foster effective education, prevent distructive behavior and promote enduring health practices.
~Concluding Report of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
Relationshiops between girls and adult women may be critical during the transition into adolescence because girls at this juncture are eager to seek out and listen attentively to advice from women.
~ Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities by Bonnie J. Ross Leadbeater and Niobe Way
One of the contemporary realities with which we are faced is that too many American young people spend the hours from 3 pm to 6 pm unsupervised... For the many home alone, out-of-school hours pose grave dangers for subtance abuse, crime, violence, and high-risk sexual activitiy leading toward unwanted pregnancy and STD's.
~Talkin" Back: Raising & Educating Resilient Black Girls by Diedre Glenn Paul
Developing both a positive self image as well as doing what is necessary to advance academic skills in girls are equally important. When youth do not have positive self-image, they are less likely to value their own lives and, in turn, are less likely to value the lives of others. Girls with low basic academic skills are 5 to 7 times more likely to become teen mothers.
~Adolescents at Risk: Prevalence and Prevention by J.G. Dryfoos, 1900.