Education charity The Girls’ Network is set to launch in Hastings later this year.
Founded and directed by Teach First ambassadors Becca Dean and Charly Young, the charity programme pairs 14-19 year old girls from disadvantaged communities with a professional female mentor, one-to-one, for a year of their schooling.
As well as providing relatable role models for pupils, the scheme also enables girls to create a network of professional contacts that will be useful throughout their lifetime.
The charity will begin its mentoring programme at Claverham Community College and St Richard’s Catholic College in September.
“The Girls’ Network are very excited to be expanding into Hastings,” said Ms Dean.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Claverham and St Richard’s and expanding our network of professional women and girls into Hastings and beyond. Our mentoring programme has had a phenomenal impact on the girls we have worked with to date, increasing their confidence, resilience and self-motivation, and we can’t wait to work in Hastings to open up even more opportunities to their girls.”
The Girls’ Network was launched on International Women’s Day in 2013 and is already well-established in London, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Brighton.
The campaign states: “Our mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a network of positive female role models. We believe all girls have a right to be able to access the best opportunities available, and should not be limited by their gender or where they come from.
“We believe all girls should be able to set high aspirations, to discover their self-worth and to develop their capacity to shape their world.”
The Girls’ Network process begins with students attending a mentor-matching event. They then attend at least 10 one-to-one mentoring sessions and are given the opportunity to develop a portfolio of work that can be shown to educational institutions and possible future employers.
Finally, at the end of the programme, a careers conference is held alongside various workshops, with a graduation ceremony in the summer.
The charity welcomes businesses looking to work with The Girls’ Network, and anybody wishing to mentor.
To find our more or contact The Girls’ Network, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk.
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