High School Mentoring Program
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The Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe dancing "Revelations"


The Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE) mentees from Garinger High School and their mentors experienced the thrill of a lifetime on February 27th when they visited the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and saw the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe perform.  When asked what they liked about the performance, one mentee replied, "When they were dancing about freedom it reminded me of when I was getting away from the war in Kenya for freedom".  Another stated "I loved the choreography and the uniforms and how everything matched the mood of the dance and the colors how the vibrancy and dullness each complimented each other beautifully".  They also saw the Broadway musical "Finding Neverland" along with their several mentors and friends in October.

Before the performance, the mentees and mentors had dinner together at Cantina 1511  sponsored by Mentor Alyshia Osborne of the Charlotte Center City Partners.  Additional thanks to the Joan Zimmerman and the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center for sponsoring this event.

The WIE Mentoring Across Difference program was developed to complement the students' leadership and development skills and allow them to be more visible to senior level people, both in businesses and the community.  It's an opportunity for these students to receive guidance from leaders they may normally not have access to. This program ensures promising students are nurtured by others who are willing to share their time, experiences and formulas for success in a global society.



On December 7th, thirteen Garinger mentees and a group of mentors made a trip to downtown Charlotte to view the city and hear more about careers in law, banking/finance and urban planning.  Among the sites visited was the office of Robinson Bradshaw where WIE member, Diane Chipps Bailey, spoke to the group about careers in law.  They made a trip through Romare Beardon Park and visited Ally Bank where Ann Cummings and Jennifer Flynn discussed careers in banking and finance.  The group then visited Charlotte Center City Partners for lunch where Cheryl Myers, SVP Planning and Development (architect and designer) and Alysia Osborne, Director of West End Planning discussed city planning careers and answered many questions.  After lunch the tour continued through the Wells Fargo Atrium, Overstreet Mall and Bank of America Founder's Hall.

The outing was planned by Moira Quinn and the staff of Charlotte Center City Partners.


“Today, I glimpsed our future and, rest assured, we are in the very good hands of strong, hardworking and exceptionally capable leaders! Many thanks to Women’ Intercultural Exchange for inviting Robinson Bradshaw to host the top sophomore girls from Garinger High School and share our personal stories and journeys to careers in the law.  Girls, the world awaits your vision and passion and we are here to support every step of the way.” — Dianne Chipps Bailey, MAD mentor


GMAD_2017In the spring of 2017, the Women’s Inter-cultural-Exchange submitted a proposal to Fifth/Third Bank for funding to conduct a project expansion pairing professional community mentors recruited by WIE, student mentees from JCSU, UNC-Charlotte and Queens University who are participating in WIE’s MAD program and Garinger High School (GHS) students. The proposal was accepted and WIE was awarded $2,500 for the expansion. Also, a proposal was written to Carolina’s Health Care System to fund WIE programs, Cross-Cultural Chats, MAD and the MAD high school expansion. WIE has been awarded  $10,000 for 2017-18.

The goal of the expansion is to offer 15 mentees via the collaboration between WIE and GHS. The students will be given the tools needed to build trust across generation, race, culture and socio-economics, leading them on a path of success in the global economy. Cultivated and mentored graduates are more-likely to have a greater positive impact economically, socially and financially as they continue their education via universities, technical schools (career readiness) and become successful community members.

Mentors commit to the program for one academic year. The program includes orientations, goal-setting and intensive interaction between the pairs through a series of one-on-one meetings, group settings and electronic communications.

GMAD BlumenthalGMAD 6392It was a perfect opportunity for the students in the WIE college and high school mentoring programs to meet each and have some fun together.  On October 3rd the two groups along with Gwen Garnett, WIE Program Coordinator, and several mentors and friends attended "Finding Neverland", Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical.  This breathtaking smash hit captured the kid-at-heart in everyone who attended as it tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters - Peter Pan.


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Garinger High School Mentoring Across Difference Participants

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    Jaela Agee

  • Zakiya Erwin

    Zakiya Erwin

  • Melissa Figueroa

    Melissa Figueroa

  • Mekhiyah Howze

    Mekhiyah Howze

  • Alycia Lemus

    Alycia Lemus

  • Madina Maingua

    Madina Maingua

  • Sintya Martinez

    Sintya Martinez

  • Cindy Nguyen

    Cindy Nguyen

  • Kelly Turrubiartes

    Kelly Turrubiartes

  • Shaniya Williamson

    Shaniya Williamson

Garinger HS Mentoring Across Difference Orientation

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