VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! empowerHER is ONE MISSION with TWO PROGRAMS (Events for Girls and 1:1 Mentorship). We rely on the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers and you too can join us with the gift of your time and talent!
What started as a grassroots movement in Massachusetts is now expanding into neighboring states Connecticut + New York - and we couldn't be more proud of this expansion! Our growth is slow and steady but would not be possible without your support!
MASSACHUSETTS: We are in need of event committee members to help plan and produce more than 12 events per year for the girls. Mentors are needed (with an emphasis on Young Professional women and women residing in Cape Cod, Metrowest and Central Massachusetts). Volunteers are also needed in the areas of fundraising, administration and leadership. *Please note if you are interested in serving as a Mentor you must complete the Mentor application found HERE.
If you are interested in serving as a Mentor to a girl in NY, please complete the Mentor Application but note we will not begin interviewing prospective Mentors until 2019 when the Mentor Program is launched. The Mentor Application can be found HERE.
MENTORS NEEDED: Our 1:1 Mentor Program is for girls ages 5-23. empowerHER mentors support the growth and empowerment of each young girl, instilling hope + optimism and building confidence. Our mentors help young girls find their voice and help them to see this beautiful life still at their fingertips.
Mentorship is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country. At empowerHER, our program is tailored to meet the changing needs of the family following this tragic loss. empowerHER does not replace the role of the mother or minimize the role of the father, stepmother or other family or friends in the girl's life.
Instead, our program is designed to provide additional support and resources throughout the year for the girl and her family. empowerHER Mentors are women of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds. In some cases, our Mentors are women who can relate to the loss. In other cases, Mentors have not experienced the loss of their mothers, however, they have overcome some of life's greatest challenges and powered through.
We may match a young girl with a woman from our "empowerHER community" or in some instances, empowerHER matches a young girl with a woman from "her own community" (i.e. a former teacher, coach, family friend, etc.) and further strengthens the relationship. Mentees are offered friendship, inspiration and support in a safe and nurturing environment under the guides of empowerHER!
The safety of each empowerHER young girl is our top priority. Our Mentor Program conducts a thorough background check on each prospective Mentor and every relationship is closely monitored by our professionally trained Mentor Program Coordinator. If you should have any questions about the mentor program, please schedule a call with our Mentor Program Coordinator, Joanie Quealy, R.N., and contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BECOME A MENTOR: Mentors commit to spending approximately 5 hours per month for a 12-month period with their mentee. empowerHER is accepting Mentor Applicants in Connecticut + Massachusettes only at this time. Applicants will undergo a thorough screening an will be lead through the process by our Mentor Program Coordinator, Joanie Quealy, RN.
*Massachusetts Mentors: We are in great need of Mentors residing on Cape Cod, Metro-west and Central Mass. We are also in great need of women who are Young Professionals and also lost their mother in childhood or early adulthood.
*Connecticut Mentors: Please apply today! Mentor interviews in CT will begin October 1st 2018.
*New York Mentors: We currently offer Events for Girls in NY and will offer 1:1 Mentorship in 2019. Please check back in January 2019 for more information about Mentor opportunities in NY.
Thank you for your interest in this impactful program! Please complete the application here and you will be contacted by our Mentor Program Coordinator. CLICK on the button below today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone become a mentor? In order to become a mentor, you must be a female that is at least 24 years of age. If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming a mentor, you will complete an application and send in all supporting documents. You must also be able to pass both a CORI check and driving record check to be considered.
Is it a requirement that each mentor have experienced the loss of their mother? No. Our mentors are positive role models from the community and while some may have experienced the loss of their mothers in childhood or early adulthood, others are women who have overcome some of life's greatest challenges and powered through.
What is the time commitment for mentors in the program? Each mentor is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication throughout the month. Each mentor will be required to attend one three-hour mentor training per calendar year and report in to our mentor staff monthly. Mentors are also offered supportive outings with other mentors to meet and connect.
If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentor take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise that may result in a mentor match termination. empowerHER works through this termination process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual. However, mentors are encouraged to thoroughly evaluate the time commitment and be sure this important volunteer role is a fit.
Is the mentor responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? All programs and activities at empowerHER remain at no charge to the mentee and her family. It is our goal all activities will be low cost or no cost to the mentor. empowerHER partners with many generous partners such as area retailers, fitness studios, hair salons, sporting venues, and more that can offer no cost activities and outings.
What happens when a mentee shares information with a mentor that puts themselves or others in danger? Mentors receive annual training under the guides of Mass Mentor Partnerships (MMP) to review these and other crucial mentor program guidelines. We support the mentor every step of the way and these and other sensitive aspects of our program are reviewed with the family and the mentor at the time of the match.
What types of activities can mentors partake in with their mentee? All activities take place in the girl's natural environment. Depending on the interest of the mentee, some may enjoy outings such as lunch, walks/hikes, taking a trip to the city or other desired location, spending time outdoors, etc. The mentor communicates regularly with the parent/guardian and we encourage the mentor & mentee to brainstorm fun and exciting activities to take part in! empowerHER also hosts many events throughout the year that the mentors and mentees often times attend together.
Does the mentor choose their own mentee? Both the family and the prospective mentor are involved in the match process and we work together every step of the way to make for the most successful match possible! Upon receiving all supporting documentation from both the mentor and mentee, empowerHER matches based upon similarity in interests, geographic proximity, and the desires of the mentor and mentee.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator Joanie Quealy, RN at, email@example.com or Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MENTEES: Enrolling in the Mentor Program is simple. Simply Click "Enroll A Girl" to begin the process. Once enrolled, we will schedule an Intake Appointment to begin the match process. You will also begin to receive all invitations to each group event that takes place throughout the year. If you should have any questions about the mentor program, please schedule a call with our Mentor Program Coordinator, Joan Quealy, R.N., and email email@example.com to schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment for mentees in this program? Each mentee is asked to commit to approximately 5 hours per month for a 12 month period with their Mentor. This commitment may consist of one-to-one activities, group outings, and communication via phone, email and text.
Is the parent/guardian responsible for the cost of any or all activities with their mentee? The mentor program is no cost to the mentee or parent/guardian. empowerHER mentors are encouraged to plan low cost or no cost activities aimed at the mentee's interest. Often times Mentors will take advantage of outings, activities or experiences empowerHER offers (through community partnerships with the Celtics, Red Sox, theater groups, salons, fitness centers and more).
If special circumstances arise, what steps would a mentee take if they can no longer keep up with the required commitment? We understand that there will be circumstances and events in one’s life that will arise that may cause them to no longer be able to commit to the mentor program. empowerHER works through the process, following guidelines outlined in our policy & procedural manual created with technical support from Mass Mentor Partnerships (MMP).
Will there be supervision of the mentee at all times? All activities between the mentor and mentee will be approved by the parent or guardian in advance and we encourage the family and the mentor to brainstorm activities together. The mentor will always be present during meeting times with the mentee. Certain events such as group outings or retreats will have other mentor and mentee pairs present.
Are all interested mentees accepted into the program? Mentees must be a girl between the ages of 5-23 who have experienced the loss of their mother. Mentees may be referred to the program by a family member, family friends, school personnel or other members from the community who "know and love the girl". If the parent/guardian is interested in their youth becoming a part of the mentoring program, they will complete an Intake with our Intake Coordinator to gather additional information.
Will any personal information be shared on the mentee? All personal information will be kept confidential. The Mentee application and all Intake Forms will remain confidential. A Media Consent will be obtained by the parent/guardian for all photo shares and a Consent to Exchange of Information will be obtained by the parent/guardian if we information is to be shared with the school, pediatrician, or other. All personal information is kept confidential and we adhere to Massachusetts privacy and security policies.
Does empowerHER host any events in which the parents/guardians are able to participate in? We are hard at work planning additional events throughout the year for the families to include siblings and other family members and close friends. Please check with your Mentor for more information about upcoming events.
Who is in charge of transporting the mentee to various activities? In order for the Mentor to transport the Mentee, they must pass a driving record check. Each mentor is responsible for signing a contract that states they will always obey traffic laws when in the presence of the Mentee.
Any questions or concerns can be addressed with the Mentor Program Coordinator, Joanie Quealy, RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting our Founder, Cara Belvin, at email@example.com.
INTERNSHIPS: Each semester, empowerHER interns are providing invaluable contributions and helping to further our mission - allowing us to grow beyond measure.
Internships in both mission and development (fundraising)are available. If you are interested in completing a credit-bearing internship, please complete the application below.
If you are not currently enrolled in college but are interested in gaining valuable nonprofit experience, please complete the application below and indicate your interest in empowerHER. Please also submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.