Project #212 | Mentorship & Family Engagement During COVID-19

Our partnership with MAIA

Our partnership with MAIA assisted in delivering a holistic and strengths-based mentorship program virtually amidst the rising of COVID-19. Local MAIA mentors adapted their curriculum and themes in order to meet the needs of the Girl Pioneers. The subjects included in their curriculum were based around time management, goal-setting, independent study skills, personal hygiene, reproductive health, trauma mitigation, vocal empowerment, and communication skills for responding to conflict. In addition, virtual group mentorship classes and one-on-one sessions with the students and their families were provided. As families faced increased economic hardship, food insecurity, and overall health impacts due to COVID-19, this programming was an essential support system for these girls and their families. The mentorship program works in tandem with academic development in order to keep girls in school and advancing toward their academic goals. 

Our collective impact

Girl Pioneers Mentored

Family Members Receiving Socioemotional Support

Remote Communities Reached

Meet Maria’s Family

During a home visit, Irma, MAIA Mentor, led an activity called Tres Tiempos (the three time periods) with María’s family. This is a tool that is used to analyze the past, present, and future of the family in order to improve the family’s trajectory without losing their culture, identity, and history. This technique allows family members to have ambitious goals for their future and acknowledge the path they have taken. On each sheet of paper, family members list factors that characterized their past and present, and together determine their common goals for the future. The impact of this activity is that María’s family reflects on the building blocks of their family and their path taken, while also seeking opportunities to improve their life as a family, community as well as academic opportunities for themselves. 

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

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