United Way partners young girls with female mentors

As part of the program, female mentors will work with the young girls in sixth grade during the school day

the United Way decided to connect girls with people who have been there before as part of a program at Boardman Local Schools.


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Girls go through a sea of changes in middle school, and many young girls may have a rough time finding their way.

So the United Way decided to connect girls with people who have been there before as part of a program at Boardman Local Schools.

“We want these girls to have that person that they can talk to about any issues that they have,” said Laura Weymer, director of community impact at the United Way.

Weymer said female adult mentors will work with the young girls in sixth grade one-on-one during the school day.

Arisha Williams has been a mentor in the program for three years. She says sometimes, young girls need a little extra attention, especially when it comes to emotional development.

Williams said they discuss issues like self awareness and mindfulness.

“And then we do fun stuff together outside of the experience, and that has been really beneficial,” she said.

Williams said mentors get as much out of the program as the girls do.

“Every week, being able to break away from my crazy life and just come and spend that hour of time to just learn more, have an impact, make a difference and just get to know the girls and help them,” she said.

The program continues all year and some girls meet with their mentors over the summer months, too.

You can donate by visiting United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s website.

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