These programs are implemented weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the scheduled location. Empowerment Sessions consist of predetermined topics discussed in an open group forum, along with an activity complementing the reviewed material. The LadyBUGS mentors are always flexible in activity planning, based on the need and morale of the ladybug mentees. It is the goal of the organization that participation in the Empowerment Sessions will develop and grow each ladybug mentee personally, in areas that will reflect success at home, in their classroom environments, as well as their local communities. Currently our LadyBUGS mentors serve approximately 90 ladybug mentees throughout the Greensboro, NC communities.
LBU programs aim to enhance the awareness of different career fields for the ladybug mentees and other young females in the local community. Through partnerships with academic departments on local university campuses and businesses, our organization provides interactive workshops that allow participants to explore and learn, while having fun. Our organization strives to break the barriers and stigmas involving the interest of minority females in industries where they are often inadequately represented. Our LBU initiative encourages our ladybug mentees to familiarize themselves with various industries and career paths through constructive mentorship, prior to entering college and determining an undergraduate major. Our LBU initiative also offers areas that promote scholastic achievement through regular tutoring services throughout the year. Annually, in support of the College Foundation of North Carolina’s College Application Week, our team works diligently in assisting our ladybug mentees at the high school Junior and Senior level with submitting their college applications. In the past year, with the partnership of a local high school, our LadyBUGS mentors have supported approximately 40 mentees.
Each quarter, the organization hosts an interactive activity with invited guest outside of the organization to promote awareness of one of our S.P.O.T.S. The events double as fundraisers to support the organization’s endeavors while providing an opportunity to mingle and network with The LadyBUGS team in a fun and interactive environment.
We mentor on a one-on-one basis and through the power of technology. With parent approved topics, ladybug mentees engage in mentoring sessions that allow them to have a direct relationship with their assigned mentor. The impact from this program allows a major support system to form between mentor and mentee, creating relationships that can last for a lifetime.