Education Across the Miles:

group_photoThe African Diaspora Program at Skyline College has officially launched its mentorship project for young women: Education Across the Miles.

On January 30, 2014, a group of Skyline College students (mentors) participated in a video conference with a group of high school students (mentees) in Liberia. This videoconference is the first of many meetings between the two groups of young women. During this introductory session, both groups learned about each other and their cultural customs and backgrounds.

Video Conference PhotoAllow us to introduce the Skyline College Mentors:

Ashanti McLeod

Kandace Davis

Queana McLeod

Nicole Harris

Stephany Burton

Mentors_LinksThe goal of Education Across the Miles is to expose Skyline College students to mentorship opportunities and provide them with tools to serve as mentors to the young women in Liberia.

At the same time, Education Across the Miles seeks to provide both educational and financial assistance via scholarships to young women in Liberia that aspire to graduate high school and pursue higher education.

This program is a part of an on-going partnership with the SF Links, Inc., Grand Bassa Community College in Liberia and the Liberian Senate, the Center for International Trade Development and the African Diaspora Program at Skyline College.

Seven members of the International Trade and Services (ITS) Facet of SF Links agreed to contribute a $200 scholarship for each of the seven Liberian high school girls. The ITS Facet’s contribution will allow Skyline student mentors and Liberian young women to engage in a cross cultural exchange where both parties will have the opportunity to teach, inspire, and learn about each other. The Skyline students will be able to learn and apply their mentorship skills, network with their Liberian peers, and gain a better global awareness and general understanding of the African Diaspora.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud. Photo by Noelle Encina.