My Sister is Succeeding

Apply for the middle school/junior high school and high school programs on this page.

Our MySiS program focuses on advancing the writing and reading skills of Black / African American female teens in the Bowling Green / Warren County area, challenging those who excel in this area, and building the confidence in those that desire to grow. Youth from all backgrounds and in the surrounding areas are welcome to register.

My Sister is Succeeding uses three primary pillars, My Mind, My Voice, My Path, to connect girls who desire to excel or continue excelling academically in leadership through language arts.

My Sister is Succeeding illustration.

Three Pillars


My Sister is Succeeding increases participants’ understanding of good mental health practices and the value of centering oneself, which affects their communication and approach to learning.


My Sister is Succeeding creates a space for youth to see their racialized-gendered experiences in literary works, explore issues that challenge them to think critically, and practice articulating their thoughts.


My Sister is Succeeding creates a space for youth to engage in identity-affirming mentoring experiences while encouraging one another in accomplishing their goals.

Details for Grades 9-12

The first group of MySiS participants will enter 10th grade this year, and we are excited to create an opportunity to engage those teens as well as others through this academically engaging mentoring program. MySiS High School provides a creative space for dialogue, knowledge building, and leadership development tied with college and career exploration.

Meeting Dates

Grades 9-12 meet on the below dates from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

October 21, 2023

November 4, 2023

November 18, 2023

December 2, 2023

February 3, 2024

February 17, 2024

March 2, 2024

March 23, 2024

Parent Overview Meeting - October 10th at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Girls writing out plans


MySiS High School is currently limited to 15-20 teens who accept the opportunity to advance their education and leadership skills and can commit to actively participating in the Saturday meetings. Teens are asked to carry out the program standards inside and outside of the program.


MySiS High School registration for the fall 2023-24 academic year will remain open until October 10.

The registration fee is $25 and is payable after completing the registration form.

Details for Grades 6-8

Meeting Dates

Grades 6-8 meet on the below dates from 3:00-5:00pm. Programming begins at 3:30pm.

October 11, 2023

October 18, 2023

October 25, 2023

November 8, 2023

November 15, 2023

February 7, 2024

February 14, 2024

February 21, 2024

February 28, 2024

March 6, 2024

March 13, 2024

MySiS scholar completing a writing prompt.


MySiS registration for the fall 2023-24 academic year is open until September 25.

The registration fee is $25, payable after completing the registration form. Check with your school to confirm if they sponsor teen registrations.


Complimentary transportation for participants is expected to be available from Bowling Green Junior High School and from Moss Middle School to WKU for a select number of participants.

Please contact [email protected] to inquire about the space available. This will be confirmed by us after communicating with the school contacts.

Advisory Team

Dr. Tanja Bibbs, WKU Assistant Professor; For a Real Change, Inc.

Daletha Butts, Lost River Elementary, Teacher and Mentor

Dr. Lacretia Dye, WKU Associate Professor; Assistant Director, Kelly M Burch Institute for Transformative Practices in Higher Education

Joda Johnson, Director of The SKYCTC Skills U Program, For a Real Change, Inc.

Tina Smajlagic, WKU Social Work Adjunct Faculty

Aurelia Spaulding, For a Real Change, Inc.

Support Our Programs

We greatly appreciate all monetary gifts and use them to create life-changing programs.