MySiS is an academically-engaging mentoring program designed for Black teen girls to script their path to success. This page provides details for our MySiS program for grades 6-8. 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.
The 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 are welcome to register.
Meeting Dates for Grades 6-8
Weds., September 21, 2022
Weds., September 28, 2022
No meeting on October 5 or 12
Weds., October 19, 2022
Weds., October 26, 2022
Weds., November 2, 2022
Weds., November 9, 2022
Weds., February 1, 2023
Weds., February 8, 2023
Weds., February 15, 2023
Weds., February 22, 2023
3:30pm – 5:00pm: Main Program
2:50pm – 3:30pm: Mentoring time with early arrivals.
Location: Western Kentucky University, Gary Ransdell Hall
OUR 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.
MySiS registration is open until the program exceeds capacity. Priority registration was Sept. 6, 2022. The registration fee is $20 and is payable after completing the registration form or upon arrival on the first day. If you are unable to provide the registration fee, please select the sponsored registration option on the registration form.
Thanks to our sponsors, a limited amount of complimentary transportation for participants will be available from Bowling Green Junior High School to WKU and from Moss Middle School to WKU. Parents/Guardians who would like to use this option, please select it on the registration form and submit it by the Sept. 6 priority registration deadline. This will be confirmed by us after communicating with the school contacts.
Dr. Tanja Bibbs, WKU Assistant Director, Online Learning; 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, Hope Harbor
Aurelia Spaulding, For a Real Change, Inc.
Partnerships and Sponsorships
For a Real Change is seeking financial partnerships for My Sister is Succeeding at three levels with additional options available to provide specific items for the program. We invite organizations and businesses that align with our values to consider becoming a sponsor. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Logo designed by: WKU Art student, Kyndall Waller