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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

City Offers Mentoring for Middle School Students

Wednesday September 28, 2005

For the ninth year in a row, the city has organized a special event in several local middle schools to connect sixth grade girls with mentors.
Research shows this is a confusing time for girls in this age group, and the “Young Ladies Like Us II” program is designed to show young people how to make wise decisions and take positive paths.
“Young Ladies Like Us II” retreats will be held for students on September 29, 2005 at Carrithers, Newburg, Stuart, Frost and Knight middle schools. Jefferson County Public Schools are not in session the following day. Conway Middle School will host its event on Oct. 14 and Lassiter Middle School will hold a retreat on Nov. 4.

The overnight workshops are free and begin after classes dismiss for the day. Girls will receive information and support from female adult mentors regarding the transition from elementary school to middle school. The mentors are volunteers from several Louisville businesses and civic groups.

“The night will feature educational activities as well as entertainment, food and fellowship,” said coordinator Jacqueline Beatty. “It’s our hope these young people will understand they are not alone as they make this sometimes difficult transition.”

“Young Ladies Like Us II” is a partnership between the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development and the Jefferson County Public School System.

Kosair Charities is also donating stuffed animals for each young person attending the retreats. Organizers hope the items will help provide a sense of security for some of these young people who are spending the night away from home for the first time.

For more information about the program, contact Metro Call at 311.