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Our 1:1 Mentor Match 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.

As we move into our second year of our 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM, we recognize that mentor matching is very specific to each girl who asks for a mentor, and we work with the family every step of the way to make a match that is going to be most successful. More and more often, the girl and the families have requested mentors in their mid-twenties to early forties who have also lost their mother in childhood or early adulthood because the mentor can relate to the young girl’s loss. With that said, we will review and welcome all applications and realize that there are serendipitous connections that are sometimes beyond the typical match. Unfortunately, sometimes the mentor candidate may not be right for our program, and we will let you know if this is specific to your application. Perhaps you would still like to be involved in other ways - like hosting a fundraiser in your community.

At times, we are waiting for the right girl to ask for a mentor, and if you are a good candidate, will put you on our waitlist. We encourage you to find other ways to support empowerHER! Maybe there are other ways you would like to donate 5 hours a month to empowerHER until you are matched. Put your passion to work and contact Kristan Povona, our Volunteer coordinator to find a role that matters!

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DETAILS:  Please note that our next round of Mentor Application Screenings will take place in the Winter of 2019 for CT + MA (as of this time NY is EVENTS for GIRLS only). At that time, applicants who meet the mentorship requirements will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview with our Mentor Program Coordinator, Joanie Quealy, RN. You may complete the Mentor Application at any time by using the button at the bottom of this page. Prior to consideration, it is important that the application is completed in full including the last six digits of your social security number (XX-XXXX) and a copy of your drivers license, your car insurance (coverage page) and your driving record, are scanned and emailed to


WHY I MENTOR: “It’s a way of sharing my own life experience of losing my mother when I was a child. I hope my story will inspire a young girl to realize that in spite of these circumstances, she can leverage it and accomplish or become anything she wants...that it will not define her but will give her the strength and resilience necessary for a fulfilling life. But like anything in life, it is an evolution – and to see what’s on the other side can be the motivation and encouragement needed in the beginning”. -eH Mentor

WHAT ROLE DOES THE MENTOR SERVE FOR THE GIRL AND HER FAMILY? 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 programs are designed to provide additional support and resources throughout the year for the girl and her family.

WHO MENTORS? empowerHER Mentors are women aged 25and older, of all ethnicities 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. 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. Mentors commit to spending approximately 5 hours per month for a 12-month period with their mentee. Mentees are offered friendship, inspiration and support in a safe and nurturing environment under the guides of empowerHER!

HOW DO WE KEEP THE GIRLS SAFE? The safety of each empowerHER young girl is our top priority. Our 1:1 Mentor Match Program conducts a thorough background check on each prospective Mentor. We offer training and ongoing support by closely monitoring every matched relationship. If you should have any further questions about the mentor program, please connect or schedule a call with our Mentor Program Coordinator, Joanie Quealy, R.N., by emailing