The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy is launching a new mentoring program and is looking for individuals and organizations with "enthusiasm and commitment" to mentor students in grades 6-12 throughout the school year. CGLA will hold a mentor orientation meeting on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at CGLA at 1802 Bailey Ave. in Highland Park.
“At CGLA, we are focused on meeting the individual needs of every girl who walks through our doors,” says Dr. Elaine Swafford, executive director for CGLA and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation. “We are launching the Empower Mentoring Program to connect CGLA students with caring adult advocates who will provide encouragement and support in academics, college and career planning, life skills, and leadership development.”
CGLA mentors will be expected to commit at least five hours per month to mentoring activities and to connect with their CGLA mentee weekly. Mentors will assist with tutoring and homework help; building students’ self-esteem; identifying resource needs; and exposing students to potential career choices and new experiences. CGLA will provide training and ongoing support to mentors throughout the program.
“A mentor can have a profound impact on the future of a student’s life,” says Dr. Swafford. “We invite individuals and organizations in the community to partner with CGLA to help us continue to transform the lives of our girls. We believe every student at CGLA has the potential and deserves the chance to achieve a lifetime of success.”
Individuals interested in participating in the mentor program or orientation meeting should contact D’Wauna Young, CGLA empowerment coordinator, at 702-7230.