Mission: To assist women raising school-age children in fulfilling their dream of earning a college degree, while creating the desire, expectation, and priority of a college education for their children to follow in their footsteps.
Programs: Mentors for mom program - one of the most impactful things we do for our scholars is connect them with a volunteer mentor through our mentors for mom (mfm) program. Mentors offer our scholars support and guidance on balancing family, work and school. Scholars meet regularly with their mentors for advice, motivation, or simply as a sounding board. Scholars and mentors also convene monthly as a group, where they share experiences and learn from experts on essential topics, such as financial planning, professional development and womens' health. Scholars must participate in the mfm program as part of the scholarship terms. This program is utilized to gauge how well the scholars are doing in school, allowing us to identify and resolve issues before they become setbacks.
I recently started volunteering for ANSWER and I have been so impressed with every step of the process, from the volunteer orientation to all of the people involved in the organization. This nonprofit is almost completely volunteer-run but every volunteer takes their work seriously and is committed to making a difference. The organization awards scholarships to moms, but they also do so much more. They provide their scholarship recipients with a support system and a mentor to navigate obstacles and help them achieve their goals.