After more than a year of hugely disrupted education, the girls across England from the least advantaged communities that we support need our help now more than ever to reinforce that their futures are not limited by their gender, ethnicity, background or parental income.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1156517)
Girls from low-income communities face a double-disadvantage – gender inequality which is exacerbated by poverty. Many don’t believe that they are able to access well-paid, high-status careers or know how to pursue them. Much of this stems from low-expectations and a lack of knowledge and support from within their immediate network. For these girls, circumstances affect their education and employment prospects.
Through partnerships with schools, we match girls with volunteer professional woman mentors who over a year of monthly sessions focus on building confidence, resilience, careers knowledge, and access to networks, Culminating in a celebration event, girls then join our Ambassador Programme, a free lifelong networking community enabling continued access to support and a platform for their voices. We hope they will return as mentors once working, thus creating a self-sustaining social network.
I now know my worth
I really don’t know what I would’ve done without my mentor. I was so painfully shy and lacked any sort of confidence before I joined The Girls' Network, and it was really holding me back from believing that I had a future as a chef.
This is a truly fantastic programme that has given so much to the girls involved. Can’t wait to see it inspire and support many more of our students in future years.
Volunteering for The Girls' Network has been an absolute privilege and I cannot recommend this enough to any woman in my network who wants to make a difference to a young woman’s life
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