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Mentorship program builds female leaders

<p>Mentors Arvis Williams and Norma Jean Evan show their mentees the proper steps of career planning.</p>

Mentors Arvis Williams and Norma Jean Evan show their mentees the proper steps of career planning.

Women of Tomorrow is a mentorship and scholarship program that was launched in 1997 by Detroit TV journalist Jennifer Valoppi. The organization sprang from Valoppi’s aspiration to encourage successful women to motivate and mentor other young women to success.

According to WOT’s website, the program began with six Florida high schools and 23 mentors. Now, it is in more than 50 public high schools in Michigan, 120 public schools in Florida, and 20 public high schools in Philadelphia with total memberships exceeding 16,000 young ladies.

At the Ville, Women of Tomorrow mentors Arvis Williams and Norma Jean Evans meet monthly with 20 female members. Meetings may include guest speakers, career seminars, college recruitment initiatives, and field trips.  

“Arvis and Norma are so much fun to be around; they’re selfless women who see the better in us,” said student India Hollis.

WOT not only focuses on school and scholarships, but also health wellness programs for students.

In early 2019, Evans was a special guest at one of EEVPA’s WOT meetings. Williams, who at the time was the organization’s mentor introduced the girls to her. Evans stressed the importance of self-confidence, dedication and determination. These are the keys to success.

“When Norma came to the Ville, her energy illuminated; she was so confident in her own skin,” said senior Rosa Goss.

“We actually did a catwalk when Ms. Evans came; that was a lot fun and she showed us the true meaning of confidence,” said senior Remy Mitchell.

WOT are young ladies who are eager to do great things. They are talented, focused and motivated to become successful adults and they are starting their journey here at the Ville.

Female students who are interested in joining Women of Tomorrow should contact Assistant Principal Nadonya Muslim or inquire about the program from a current WOT member.


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