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A: Our mission at Brown Girls Mentoring is to empower Black and Brown Girls to recognize their inherent value, cultivate resilience in the face of adversity, and foster a strong sense of confidence in their own identity by equipping them with strong social skills to navigate through life and help them develop into the next leaders of our generation. Brown Girls Mentoring works with Black and Brown Girls to create a safe space for girls to gather twice a month with the hopes of helping them understand the power of their voice when it comes to racism, social change, and girls’ rights.

A: The Brown Girls Mentoring Program has been in existence since 2016.

A: The enrollment period begins in July for parents to register their Brown Girl as an

interested participant on our website. Registration is done directly through Columbus Parks and Recreation on their main program site and that opens in the Fall and is ongoing throughout our Program Calendar which runs from August to May and aligns with the school year calendar. Brown Girls can register throughout the year with the understanding that our programming is broken up into cohorts. Each cohort will run for roughly 6 consecutive weeks. Registration will close after week 3.

A: Mentoring sessions are held at various Columbus Parks and Recreation Centers.

A: Mentoring sessions are held for six consecutive weeks on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the months of September to April. We culminate the year in May with our annual Family Appreciation / Mother’s Day Brunch!

A: Yes, at this time, our program serves Black and Brown girls in grades K-9. However, we host various community wide events where Black and Brown girls of all ages are encouraged to attend. This includes but is not limited to our HERstory panel in February and our annual It’s

Okay To Be You Conference.

A: Currently, we focus mainly on group mentorship. For a family who is looking for more direct one on one mentorship, accommodations can be made by speaking to our Program Director and Executive Director to outline goals and expectations.

A: Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in our program. We plant seeds of abundant growth in your brown girl(s), so they can change the world! Your brown girl(s) will be taught by special guests, mentors, and volunteers. She will learn valuable lessons while attending our sessions.

A: We equip each brown girl with tools to build her self-confidence, develop

relationships, resolve conflict, make wise decisions, work in teams, and develop practical life skills. We educate your brown girl(s) through lectures, trainings, activities, simulations, role play, affirmations, videos, books, field trips, guest speakers and other learning methods.

A: There is a small material fee of $60 for enrollment into the program. This material fee covers the cost for the Brown Girls Mentoring t-shirt, snacks and supplies for each session, any field trips that we will take throughout the cohort, and overall programming costs. The program fee is non-refundable after the second week of the program and/or once her t-shirt is ordered. Columbus Parks and Recreation offers a PLAY grant scholarship for all qualifying families to receive $20 off one program per cohort which reduces the direct input to $40. The season concludes with a Family Apprecation/Mother’s Day Brunch. All attendees will be required to pay an additional fee.

A: Brown Girls Mentoring does not offer any scholarships or funding assistance. However, it is encouraged for all families to apply for the PLAY Grant Scholarship through Columbus Parks and Recreation.

A: Informational sessions are held in August and September. The year kicks off with our “Cupcakes and Conversations,” where the girls and their families can come out, meet the team, ask questions, learn more about our programming, and also register their Brown Girl in person. The dates will be announced as we approach the start of our program calendar. If you are unable to attend an informational session, please request further information by contacting our team at [email protected].

A: All volunteers are required to complete background checks annually through The City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and through Mentor Central Ohio.

A: You can follow us on social media @BrownGirlsMentoring (Facebook and Instagram) for the latest news and events.

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