North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) initiated a pilot mentoring program at the King Middle School, in Oceanside,with partial support of an incentive grant from the Staples Foundation. The vision for the mentoring program emerged as the foundation for "Becoming A Global Citizen".
Students today face barriers that create stresses in their everyday lives. Based upon the growing concerns of educators to address these stresses, NCAAWA leadership recognized that support structures and collaborative partnerships were essential elements for this program’s development. Students participate in a 10 week after school session each semester. Sessions include specific activities to develop leadership, public speaking, decision making, etiquette, and self sufficiency skills to enhance their personal growth and development.
At each culminating event, parents, King administrative staff and teachers praise the Becoming A Global Citizen Program. Many note the positive changes in the girls, stating such things as, “more mature”, “ have more enthusiasm for school”, “changes in attitudes”, and “interest in doing new things.”
NCAAWA leadership has faced increasing requests for expansion. We are exploring expansion on two levels: one, to include another facility/site for 8th grade girls and two, to continue leadership development with students who have moved on to high school. We are committed to continue to Empower, Inspire, and Engage the minds of young ladies in our community.
NCAAWA empowers women and girls to embrace and pursue a higher education. For those who may have thought that an education was out of reach, our financial awards help make their dreams reality. Meanwhile, the support and encouragement provided by NCAAWA members empowers these rising stars to make their own important contributions to our community.
NCAAWA inspires women and girls to make healthy choices, provide support for wellness and lifestyle programs, increasing self-esteem to move with confidence. We are inspired to action by a number of local organizations. These collaborations motivate us to work with even more vigilance as we strengthen the hopes and dreams of local women and girls.