A mentoring project at Blacksburg Middle School advised by the Women's Center

The AWARE Club: This student team develops curriculum and facilitates educational programs for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls at Blacksburg Middle School. Virginia Tech women lead discussions on topics such as healthy relationships, creativity, body image and self-esteem, as well as facilitate workshops and mentor young girls.  Volunteers must attend weekly planning meetings and at least one session with students at the Middle School. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to the program for an entire year, but at times scheduling conflicts are inevitable. E-mail Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu for additional information about the project. 

We strive to empower Blacksburg girls by planning weekly lessons that cover topics ranging from healthy body image, communication, to peer pressure. All of us can remember how hard middle school was — imagine if you had an outlet each week to talk to people who not only survived what you are going through, but are thriving? We want to give the girls we work with a chance to have some fun and grow. Time commitment is approximately two hours a week.  While we have closed the application period for fall 2017, contact Jessie for more information on the next round of applications.