Mentorships are a great way to connect like-minded people who may be at different stages in their lives. A mentor could be someone whose story may be similar and resonates with yours. Hindsight and real-world experience can make a mentor’s contributions invaluable in helping you get where you want to go because they are further into their journey, allowing you to see things from a more developed vantage point.
One of the goals of our organization is to empower women in Haiti through education so they may become self-sufficient, improve their mindsets to explore their potential, and become leaders in their chosen field so that they, in turn, can help other girls and women do the same. There is no better way to ensure a more secure future, combat poverty, and create lasting, positive change, than to help girls attain quality education. Womenful Voice aims to achieve this through a variety of programs like our Mentorship Program.
The first annual session of the Womenful Voice Mentorship Program successfully concluded last month. The 10-week program paired high-performing women with Haitian girls between the ages of 15 and 25, who wanted to expand their skill sets and knowledge as they embark on their chosen career path. The participants included high school and college students.
The program aims to give students the opportunity to develop professionally and advance their careers by learning from their mentors about real-world workplace experiences and essential skills that will better prepare them. The students were asked to develop a career plan with milestones, goals, and objectives and then present what they learned and their plan to succeed.
This forum gave them an informative inside look through the one-on-one sessions to develop basic skills for a successful professional life. It also served as a cultural exchange platform for people who wanted to practice French and give back to young girls.
Womenful Voice believes that programs such as this one can have beneficial short and long-term benefits not only for the students who participate but to the communities where they live. It can provide hope and inspiration to dream bigger and break stereotypes as they connect to women in the professional world to plan for a better future. This can also have an impact on their peers as they become a source of inspiration for other students in their community.
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