Girls* Group Mentoring Program

Do You Want to Make a Difference and Be a Mentor to Middle School Girls?

*Our use of “girls” and “women” is inclusive of all cis and trans womxn, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and any female-identified folks.

Girls* Group mentors work in small, focused groups comprised of girls from Willard and MLK Middle School, as well as female-identified and non-binary mentors, to provide support for our mentees on issues that are most pressing to them, including boundaries, identity, family, and aspirations. We also aim to center their ability to be empowered and advocate for themselves through allowing mentees  to pick a topic they care about and want to advocate for (either on a school, local, state, or national level) throughout the semester. Each week will both explore different ways of organizing and self-advocacy and help students make a real difference in their lives and the lives of their communities! Working on advocacy projects also allows students to explore an issue they’re passionate about and that affects them as pre-teens and predominantly girls of color while also building meaningful relationships with mentors.

We mainly serve students of Willard and MLK Middle school, facilitating community amongst many young students of color. In addition to weekly mentoring sessions, we host special events. Past events include Google sponsored coding parties and Girls* Empowerment Conferences, all of which function as opportunities to further serve our mentees through activities, discussions, games, and demonstrations.  Middle school is often a challenging time for adolescent girls and our mentors have a strong commitment to supporting and empowering their voices through advocacy projects on a school, local, and national level. We want everyone to enjoy their time in our sessions and be able to reflect on their experiences together. All girls are welcome in this space as we work towards building a community of empowered young girls and womxn in Berkeley. 

If you are interested in applying, please complete the attached application and email it to ggmp@ywca-berkeley.org or drop it off at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, at 2600 Bancroft Way. We begin in the first weeks of each semester. Positions also available for curriculum development.