Carroll Bell ES celebrates National Mentoring Month with Girls Inc.

Carroll Bell ES celebrates National Mentoring Month with Girls Inc.
Posted on 02/02/2018

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Carroll Bell Elementary School celebrated its partnership with Girls Inc. mentors with a Fiesta-themed dinner on Jan. 26.

HISD School Board President Carlos Quezada joined the students, parents and mentors in attendance. Together, they celebrated all the ways Girls Inc. is helping girls be “Strong, Smart and Bold.”

Carroll Bell Elementary is the latest Harlandale ISD school to partner up with Girls Inc. of San Antonio. The organization also works with Gilbert ES, Rayburn ES and STEM Early College HS.

“Carroll Bell is honored to have a partnership with Girls Inc., which is a volunteer organization that focuses on the development of the whole girl,” Carroll Bell Academic Dean Miriam M. Campos said. “The Girls Inc. mentors do a fantastic job of advocating for our girls and empowering them to overcome challenges so they can change the world.”

There are currently 78 girls enrolled in the Girls Inc. Bold Futures (Project BOLD) Mentoring Program. The girls get to connect with positive women in the community who are pursuing higher education or interesting career paths. The mentors build relationships with the girls in a small mentoring group setting, where the girls partake in fun activities, learn self-defense and discuss challenges in their life.

“Harlandale ISD has been such a great partner for us, and we couldn’t be more excited and proud to be working with such a great school and team,” Girls Inc. of San Antonio Program Faciliator Belén Plasencia said. “The hope is that with consistent mentoring, these girls will have the chance to face the future with confidence.”

Over the course of the program, the girls have also participated in several projects such as creating a vision board, making snow, conducting an apple volcano experiment, writing their own "shero" comic book and conducting a series of STEM challenges.

Girls Inc. hopes the program will encourage girls to be free, resist stereotypes, accept their whole selves and, ultimately, reach their dreams.

“In just a few months, the girls have learned to embrace their individuality, dream big, and celebrate each other!” Plasencia concluded. 

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