Mentoring of African American Girls
The Power of One
The Gwinnett County Public Schools Community-Based Mentoring Program for Girls launched on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Shiloh High School pairing sixty-two female 6th grade students with a one-on-one mentor. The program began in two clusters, Shiloh and South Gwinnett serving three middle schools - Grace Snell, Shiloh, and Snellville. The program has expanded and currently serves students in eleven clusters in a total of fifteen middle schools.
Nicole Tomlinson, Director
Nicole Tomlinson joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2002. She has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She has mentored and supported teachers, parents, and students throughout her life and career and knows the benefits of having a champion in your corner. Nicole is passionate about service, restoring dignity in the community, and connecting the community to our schools to make positive changes for the future. She is committed to closing the achievement gap in education.
How many hours do I have to commit to mentoring?
Mentors should visit or meet with their mentees a minimum of one hour per week.
I’m a parent, how do I sign my child up to have a mentor?
The best way to find out if your child can be part of the African American Girls Mentoring is to contact your child’s school counselor.
What age group does the African American Girls Priority support?
We support middle school girls.
Is it one-on-one mentoring or group mentoring?
We welcome both one-on-one mentoring and small group mentoring. Ask us how.
Are you still not sure how you can support our program?
Call 770-682-8086 and ask us!
Bertha Smith (known fondly as Ms. Bertha) was a sensation! She accepted, not one, but two 6th graders as mentees. During the 2018 Meet and Greet event, Ms. Bertha met her mentee, Aaliyah, and her mother. Their connection was immediate! Another mother observed their interaction and requested Ms. Bertha as the mentor for her daughter, Danika. After discussing the challenges and possibilities of serving as a mentor to two girls, Ms. Bertha accepted the opportunity.