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October 19, 2011

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Women Who Look Ahead Holds Initiation Ceremony at MRH High School

Students sit in a circle during their meeting. The Women Who Look Ahead (WWLA) mentor group held its first meeting and initiation ceremony on October 18, 2011 at the MRH High School. During the ceremony 78 young women were initiated into the group along with 33 faculty and staff mentors.

WWLA, which began at MRH in 2001, is dedicated to changing lives and nurturing young women so that they may recognize their own personal power and how their time in high school affects their future. Each student participant is assigned a mentor who is available to talk with them about school, home or work issues on a weekly basis.

In addition to the individual meetings between mentors and students, the group meets once each month to discuss various topics such as college and careers, self-awareness, organization and goal setting. The mentors also focus on enriching the student’s social, intellectual, artistic, and spiritual well-being.

Each student is given a “Passport to Success” – a reward program which serves as an organization and participation tool. Every meeting date is listed in the passport and students receive a “butterfly stamp” each time they attend the weekly mentor sessions and monthly meetings. Students also earn stamps for academic achievement and attendance. Each young woman who receives a minimum number of stamps is rewarded with a special achievement dinner celebration with her mentor.

By bringing together successful adult women and promising teenagers, WWLA hopes to develop a sense of possibility about the future and to cultivate the skills and understanding necessary to live rich and fulfilling lives.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.