Established in Miami in 1997, the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program was born out of the belief that caring professional women sharing their knowledge, expertise and support with at-risk and disadvantaged girls can be the catalyst for success by inspiring them to aim higher, by providing them with the skills necessary for personal and professional success – allowing them to find the strength and determination to transform their lives despite the obstacles stacked against them. Girls who would have otherwise likely dropped out of high school not only graduate, they pursue higher education at the likes of Yale, Harvard, Duke, Columbia, Howard, University of Miami, St. Thomas, Miami-Dade and Broward College and elsewhere. 20,000+ girls in nearly 200 schools have been aided by Women of Tomorrow’s program and close to $8M in college scholarships has been awarded. Girls are given the gift of a future full of promise and potential and a role model to guide them there.
What Makes Us Unique
Small Group Mentoring Sessions
In a deliberate departure from traditional one-on-one mentoring, our program is structured as a group-mentoring model, with one mentor for every 10 to 15 girls, which reinforces the social skills learned in mentoring sessions and provides ongoing positive peer support. Our group-mentoring environment creates a sustained program in which mentees enjoy virtually daily contact with each other over a period of at least 3 years.
School District Partnership
We operate in partnership with public school districts; all activities are held during the school day, under the auspices of the school district. The schools select at-risk girls for participation based on a broad definition of “at-risk” including low income, abuse, disability, likelihood of dropping out of high school, becoming involved in gangs, drugs, criminal activity, getting pregnant or academic, social, behavioral, medical or other risk factors. Each group is diverse in its composition with girls in 9th – 12th grades who have varying strengths and weaknesses so they can learn from and empower each other.
Highly Accomplished Women
Each school year, we introduce at-risk girls to top-level community leaders as mentors. Mentors represent a wide range of careers: doctors, lawyers, judges, entrepreneurs, government leaders, journalists, artists, business executives and community service professionals. Mentees are exposed to a level of professional they may never have had a chance to meet outside of the program.
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Girls aided by Women of Tomorrow Program since 1997
I am confident in myself after being a part of Women of Tomorrow. Recently, every school I applied to accepted me. I never thought that so many colleges would want me and I am so proud. Women of Tomorrow taught me that working hard for your goals will always leave you with something positive.
I am proud of the person I've become. This wasn't a goal when I was younger because I didn't see a problem with my personality, but seeing who I am now and who I was before has made me proud. The Women of Tomorrow meetings helped me become more understanding.
Women of Tomorrow has impacted my life in every possible. I am most proud of making the Academic Honors List at Community College of Philadelphia for maintaining a 4.0-grade point average. As a high school student and a part time college student the workload can be heavy, but my mentors remind me that reward comes to those who work hard and wait.
Mentee, South Florida