Kathy Bess Florence Patterson
Renee Richardson Lynn Sherman
Northside Community Involvement, Inc.:
Through mentoring relationships, we guide young women in their developmental journey as they discover personal strengths and gifts, so they may establish goals which will lead to a life of fellowship with Christ as they become strong, beautiful, capable ladies with self-love, self-respect and self-confidence.
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It is very easy to tell girls, ‘Be strong, you are beautiful, you are capable, don’t do this, do that, don’t worry about that, who cares what others think', etc. What is missing is the idea of instilling worth. How do we raise a girl to feel she is worthy — worthy of good friends, worthy of healthy relationships, worthy of speaking her mind and of being heard, worthy of her dreams, worthy of
trying something nobody else has done?
If someone doesn’t feel worthy, they might do something they don’t really want to do, because they don’t have the courage or strength to say so. They may be coming from a place of fear rather than a place of personal love, respect and power. Sister to Sister teaches girls ages 8-18 that they are valuable and have a voice, by giving them information and tools to use. When girls feel confident about their bodies, their intelligence, their worthiness and their sexuality, they have the opportunity to go into the world and fully express themselves — as girls, as women, as humans.
Mentees are matched with an appropriate mentor. Matches are made as best as possible based on information provided in the program application. The mentors help their mentees by providing information and tools to use in daily life. The tools assist the girls in ways to feel confident about their bodies, their intelligence, and their worthiness. The young ladies have an opportunity to go into the world and fully understand how they will grow from a girl into womanhood. Everyone has something to contribute to the world and everyone has something important to share. The coordinators plan activities each month, conduct community service events, and host the annual empowerment conference. The girls from all over Jacksonville are empowered, inspired, learn their capability, and learn how to develop communication skills.
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