Girls Inc. of Holyoke match profile

This guest post was submitted by Rosa Santiago from Girls Incorporated of Holyoke

Mentees: Braneli, Isabel, Keyshamar, Luz, Nakeishy, and Nysha
Ages: 11-15
Reside in: Holyoke
Favorite Activity: Going to the library
Mentor: Rosa
Resides in: Holyoke
Braneli: “My favorite part is being with my friends in the library. I love it!”
Isabel: “I love when we help out at the little Girls Inc.”
Keyshamar: “What I like about mentoring is that we go to the library and we do math on the computers.”
Luz: “I love when we go places. I love going to the library.”
Nakeishy: “I think it’s great because we get to go out as a group and bond with each other.”
Nysha: “Going to the library is my favorite part because I get to read books.”
[caption id="attachment_675" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The group at Girls Inc."][/caption]Rosa: “Mentoring is very rewarding. As a former mentee myself, I know the significance of having someone in your corner unconditionally. The time I spend with my mentees is priceless. Their enthusiasm, love for life, and great hearts touches me every time. I remember, they suggested going to the library the second week of meeting. A couple of them didn’t have library cards and did not know how to go about obtaining one. It was wonderful helping them sign up for one. Another memory that stands out was watching them help other kids with their schoolwork in the library. I can recall walking into the designated young adult area and seeing them helping out other kids. Being a part of their personal growth is both an honor and a privilege.”
Matched through: Girls Incorporated of Holyoke. Within the past year, Girls Inc. of Holyoke has rebuilt their mentoring model to reflect the needs of the girls we serve. Our mentors are now full-time staff members who provide group mentoring to girls 11-15 years of age. Girls Inc. works with girls to develop critical interactive skills related to social competence, social behaviors, and decision-making. These are the key aspects of the Girls Inc. experience, infused into and beyond the specific curricular areas in which girls participate. Once a girl is enrolled in the group mentoring program, she participates in a minimum of three hours per week of comprehensive programs and mentoring time. In the past year of the program, our girls learned about Science, Technology, Engineering and Relevant Technologies (SMART), financial literacy, and leadership programs.
Phone: (413) 533-0796 ext. 109
Website: www.girlsincholyoke.org
Email: rsantiago@girlsincholyoke.org