Dream B.I.G. (Believing in Girls) is a student-led girl empowerment mentoring initiative that started out serving 6th-12th grade girls from the Marvell-Elaine School District of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. University of Arkansas students can serve as Interns, Student Coordinators, and Mentors to engage with the high population of teenage girls living in a community that has seen an increase in gang violence, and a decrease in the will to pursue a higher education for various reasons.
Dream B.I.G. consists of two initiatives throughout the course of the academic year that enables the college mentors to build relationships with girls at J.O. Kelly middle school. Brave girl sessions are the sessions that will take place once a month in the fall and spring. These sessions will consist of the mentors teaching the girls about self-esteem, peer relationships, and appropriate use of social media. Then in the Spring, the mentors and girls will travel to Mt. Sequoyah for an overnight camp that will consist of educational sessions about STEM, higher education, and career pathways, but most of all this camp will be filled with lots of fun and the opportunity to cultivate long-lasting mentor relationships.
Dream B.I.G. Program
Dream B.I.G. is a student-led mentoring program that is comprised of: Dream Leads (Curriculum Coordinator (2) , Mentor Training Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Intern) and Student mentors
Students mentors 6-7th grade girls from J.O. Kelly Middle School is Springdale, AR. Mentors facilitate education sessions through group mentoring on self-esteem, healthy choices, and peer relationships throughout the entire school year.
Mentors visit mentees once a month on Fridays and maintain contact with mentees through school year.
J.O. Kelly Middle School, Springdale, AR