Our 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM is for girls up to age 24, residing in Massachusetts + Connecticut, who have experienced the loss of their mothers. Our Mentors help young girls find their voice and remind them they are not alone in their grief.
empowerHER Mentors are women aged 25+ of all ethnicity and backgrounds. In some cases, our Mentors are women who can relate to the loss of her mother. 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 their grief. Mentors commit to spending 5 hours per month for a 12-month period. Mentors empower and support the girl in a safe and nurturing environment, utilizing best practices under empowerHER guidelines. And most importantly, Mentors show a young girl there is a beautiful life still at her fingertips, and above all else, that life can hold both grief and joy.
SUPPORTING THE GIRL AND HER FAMILY
Mentors do 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. In addition, we encourage our matches to attend our EVENTS for GIRLS to be a part of our larger empowerHER community.
THE MATCH PROCESS
At empowerHER, the safety and well-being of each young girl is our top priority. Our Mentor Program Coordinator conducts a thorough background check on each prospective Mentor. empowerHER also partners with Mass Mentor Partnerships (MMP) and follows best practices in screening, matching, training and monitoring every matched relationship. Our goal is to make a strong and enduring match based on the personalities, similar interests, and location of both the Mentee and Mentor! In our close work with the families to make a match, a trend has emerged. When asked what the father/guardian is looking for in a prospective Mentor, the answer is quite consistently to pair the girl with a woman who can “relate to her loss”. The family is looking for someone who has powered through her grief and can show her life still holds joy. However, we also welcome Mentor Applicants who do not have motherloss.
WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR MATCH…
As you might imagine, it takes time and careful consideration to find the right match, in the meantime consider supporting empowerHER in other meaningful ways:
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Plan an EVENT for GIRLS: and serve on one of 6 event committees to plan our Annual Cooking Class, Mother’s Day Retreat, Beach Bash, and more. And meet some incredible, smart and empowering women along the way!
Host A PopUpParty Fundraiser any time of the year, any way you like! Help ensure our funds support the mission and keep our expenses low.