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Mentoring scheme inspires future generations

An inspiring mentoring scheme which partners women in business with year nine schoolgirls is building on its initial success as it enters its fourth year.

Empowering Girls, which was established in partnership with its founder Sarah Abrahams and Exeter City Council, began the new school term on a high, with a total of 21 businesses and organisations supporting the scheme through the provision of 44 active mentors, 21 of which are new mentors this year. The mentors are working with year nine girls from seven schools across the Exeter area.

Empowering Girls is designed to support year nine girls to raise their aspirations, to break down stereotypes, improve their self-confidence and better understand options available to them once they leave school. It is specifically designed to allow participants to explore their potential and build confidence, alongside developing aspirations through a programme of mentoring, workplace visits and skills sessions. The girls receive 1-2-1 sessions with their mentors together with confidence building support to help them reach their goals.

Empowering Girls founder, Sarah Abrahams, said: “We are delighted with the response we have had from organisations from across the county and the commitment from the female business community. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of this scheme, which is making a difference to the lives and aspirations of our young women.”

“We’d welcome any new mentors which will enable us to reach even more young women. The programme is designed to work around our mentors and their work commitments, alongside the schedule of the young girls, with the opportunity to get involved beyond mentoring.”

Schools participating in the programme include St James; Clyst Vale; West Exe; St Luke’s; Isca Academy; St Peter’s and Cranbrook Educational Campus. A wide range of careers are represented by the mentors, including police, construction, finance, aerospace, legal, social care, education, recycling and the public sector.

If you are interested and would like to contribute to the personal development of Exeter’s young girls and become a business mentor, please email [email protected] for more information.