Empowering Girls, Releasing Potential

by | Aug 4, 2020 | Causes, Women

The Girls’ Network comes to the Tees Valley…

The Girls’ Network is a national charity that aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women. This autumn, The Girls’ Network is launching its work in the Tees Valley, and is looking forward to mentoring young women from schools and colleges across all five boroughs.

The Girls’ Network Philosophy

Rosalind Stuart, Tees Valley Network Manager at The Girls’ Network, explains, “We believe that no girls should have their futures limited by their gender, background or parental income. We believe all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth, and to develop their capacity to shape their world and their future. We believe that you can’t be what you can’t see and that all girls deserve to learn from and be inspired by relatable role models who are women. Mentoring has an incredibly positive impact: 93% of our girls report increased confidence and 96% feel more positive about their future.”

Amy’s story, a mentee

Amy has always known she wanted to work in the care sector as a midwife, but aged 16 she didn’t know where she wanted to go or how to get there. Now she’s a support worker, and looking forward to studying a Health and Social Care Foundation degree this coming year and continuing her care work alongside it.
Amy first heard about The Girls’ Network when her PE teacher encouraged her to attend a pitch, and met her mentor Jackie at a matching event. When they got to speaking, Amy “just knew” they would be a good team, saying “we chose each other”.
When she first met Jackie, Amy was shy and lacking confidence. Her monthly sessions with Jackie helped her to find assertiveness and figure out her path to being a midwife. Jackie helped her to practise interview questions, to write her CV and with her Maths GCSE. Amy says they had their own way of tackling problems, for example by breaking it down on a piece of paper or cutting words out of magazines to brainstorm.
Their friendship grew beyond the programme. Amy says Jackie is “amazing”, friendly, easy to talk to and honest. They still see each other every few months for tea and cake. Amy would encourage anyone thinking about signing up with The Girls’ Network. She says, “Do it, you’ve got nothing to lose… I’ve gained a friend for life.”

Get involved

If you want to learn more about the values and passions of The Girls’ Network, why not read this blog from CEO and co-founder Charly Young: Stronger (and kinder) together. https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/news/stronger-and-kinder-together

Professional women with 3+ years’ work experience can apply today to mentor with The Girls’ Network. Let’s change the perspective and aspirations of our young women. To apply, visit the website at https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/, and you could be paired to a fantastic mentee in the autumn.

For more information on The Girls’ Network in the Tees Valley, please contact rosalind@thegirlsnetwork.org.uk.

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