A Collaborative Program of AAUW, Brookhaven College and the Early College High School
In 2015, with College/University Partner Brookhaven College and the local Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFB ISD), our branch of AAUW created a mentoring program between women and young female college students. CFB ISD maintains an Early College High School (ECHS) on Brookhaven’s campus. This high school enrolls students in their freshman year with the design to complete their four years of high school simultaneously with the first two years of college.
The ECHS principal and counselor explained the need for a program to help the young women be successful in their college goals. Many of these students come from culturally traditional homes without previous college experience. A female role model has the opportunity offer these young ladies needed support.
Mentors come from among the college employees, local residents, civic groups and AAUW members. The student scholars have completed their sophomore year at the high school and been recommended by the ECHS principal or counselor to be part of the program. An Advisory Committee continually organizes, monitors and evaluates the different components of the program.
AAUW members who choose a smaller commitment than the weekly meeting with a scholar can help with contacting speakers, setting up the group meetings, and providing refreshments.
After receiving positive reviews from mentors and scholars in our initial year, the GEM Advisory Team made a few revisions and can now more easily involve mentors during the program year. Please consider submitting an application in the following link. We will call you as soon as we get notice of your interest.