Strong Mother, Strong Daughter: Junior Mentor Amalia and her Mother Angela
Posted by Jennifer Michael Apr 4, 2016
Amalia is a 7th grade girl who looks and acts much older than she is. She was a Strong Girl in our program, and has since advanced to become a stellar Junior Mentor with our Junior Mentoring Program (JUMP).
JUMP is a program fairly new to Strong Women, Strong Girls – it was piloted in Boston during Fall 2015, and Amalia was among the original girls to be involved. Previously, girls who aged out of our program after completing 5th grade would no longer have the opportunity to be involved until they entered college and could become College Women mentors. The Junior Mentoring Program was introduced in order to fill this gap, and to provide the older girls with leadership opportunities and extended access to the SWSG community. Originally, there were 7 girls involved in the program. That number has since doubled, and is expected to see exponential growth next Fall and over the next few years.
Througout Amalia’s time with SWSG, her mother has been present and supportive of her every move. In honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day, Amalia told us how her relationship with her mom has been affected by her involvement with Strong Women, Strong Girls.
“I feel like we have gotten closer because there is always something for us to talk about after SWSG. And my mom gives me advice on how to handle certain situations. My mom is a great role model, which I always knew!”