PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Jan. 26, 2004
Mentors needed for 'Women on the Move'
DEARBORN---"Women on the Move--College is an Option!" a program
that introduces the University of Michigan-Dearborn to women receiving
services through area non-profit agencies, is looking for volunteer mentors
to assist the 250 metro Detroit women who will visit campus in the coming
The one-day program will be held twice this year--March 18 and May 13.
Volunteers are needed to mentor women for each day, but mentors are not
required to sign up for both days. Mentors will be needed from 8 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. on the date they chose to volunteer.
The women participating in the Women on the Move program intend to further
their education, an opportunity they may not have previously had. They
will learn about classroom expectations, campus support groups and how
other women deal with problems they have encountered in returning to school.
"By pairing each woman with a mentor for the day, we want to give
her the additional encouragement to take the next step toward attending
college," according to Patricia Schlaff, co-director of the program.
"It is primarily through additional training that women can begin
to achieve economic independence."
The program, which is in its seventh year, is a collaboration among the
Women's Studies Program and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; United
Way Community Services; the Business Professional Women's Organization;
the American Association of University Women; Soroptimist of Flat Rock
and numerous human service organizations in the area.
Accompanied by mentors, participants will learn how to apply to college,
register for classes and apply for financial aid and scholarships. There
will be panel discussions by returning women students from UM-Dearborn
who will share their own college experiences.
To volunteer as a mentor, call Heidi Kasab at (313) 593-5520. For additional information on the March 18 and May 13 events, contact Schlaff at (313) 593-5353 or Pamela McAuslan, co-director of the event, at (313) 593-5376.