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Girl Power – See it, Be it!

Amy Metcalfe from The Girls’ Network gave Crosby Soroptimists a whistle-stop introduction to ‘girl power’.
Amy Metcalfe (r) with Soroptimist President Chris Smith and Charan Singh

The Girls’ Network (TGN) is a young charity but – already – is having a powerful impact. Through one-to-one mentoring teenage girls (aged 14 to 19) are empowered to challenge society’s stereotypes and expectations.

Girls from the least-advantaged communities lack role models. Yet, through regular conversations with their mentors, over the course of a year, their outlook can open up.

Mentors are women – from any career background. They share their experiences and skills with their mentees. Opportunities are out there! As TGN puts it, “you can’t be what you can’t see”.

TGN has expanded from its home base in London (2013) to several parts of England, including Merseyside. The charity always partners with local schools and colleges. Amy explained that it is currently mentoring 1,200 girls a year. However, hundreds more would benefit from access to the programme.

Soroptimists – with their varied professional backgrounds – should definitely consider applying to be a mentor, she said. Club member Charan Singh echoed that, having already enjoyed being a TGN mentor and building a positive relationship with her mentee. “Go for it!”, she urged her fellow Soroptimists.