Bloom Girls' Mentorship
Organized by: Mary Awadallah
Hi! I'm Mary, a 2nd-year dental student at Columbia University, and I, with the immense help of Erin Verrier (of CHAH), started an after-school mentorship program that brings together the women of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the 7th- and 8th-grade girls of Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH), a local 6-12 school. The program, called Bloom, entails weekly lessons on topics of relevance to middle school-age girls, as well as exposure to various careers in healthcare through guest lectures by women from the different schools of the medical center and various programs on campus. There will also be special events, such as holiday parties, pizza parties, a career day, etc.
Bloom's mission is to:
-Help young women build confidence, inner strength, and a sense of self-value, and to love and accept themselves
-Facilitate discussion on various topics of relevance to middle-school girls, in order to deepen their understanding of these topics and to help them form sound, healthy opinions
-Help girls make healthy lifestyle choices
-Educate young women on how to maintain their health and on various careers in healthcare
We have an amazing cohort of CUMC women committed to be mentors and around 60 girls at CHAH signed up as mentees! We're all so excited to kick off this inaugural year of Bloom, and we'd love your support! The money you donate would be used to provide snacks at our weekly after-school mentorship sessions (I think snacks foster a wonderful spirit of camaraderie!), as well as for the various events we'll put on, such as our winter holiday party.