PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Jan. 21, 2005
Mentors sought for Women on the Move program
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 March and
The one-day program will be held twice this year: Thursday, March 17
and Thursday, May 12. 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 had previously. They
will learn about classroom expectations, campus support groups and how
other women deal with problems they have encountered in returning to school.
"The number of women who need to become financially independent
continues to grow each year," according to Patricia Schlaff, co-director
of the program. "The Women on the Move program offers the opportunity
for women to see education as a means of independence. Each year the programs
grows, testifying to its importance to the community."
The program, which is in its eighth 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; 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.
Seating is limited for the March 17 and May 12 events. To register for
the free event, call (313) 583-6511. To volunteer as a mentor, call Vera
Mical at (313) 593-3960.