The fourth annual Women Helping Women event hosted by the Alexandria Campus Women’s Mentoring Program was a huge success. Sixty-five participants attended the event which featured scholarship information and a personal essay writing workshop. In addition, seminars were hosted by Our Daily Bread and several student mentees.
A representative from Our Daily Bread presented a financial literacy seminar based on the FDIC Money Smarts curriculum. The interactive session focused on basic budgeting and planning for long-term financial stability. Our Daily Bread is a Fairfax County nonprofit and a founding member of the Financial Literacy Network of Northern Virginia.
Deb Duncan and Diane Faruch, two mentees who have now graduated and transferred to Georgetown and Virginia Commonwealth University respectively, held a workshop on how to be successful at NOVA and beyond. Another mentee, Kendal Barrett, presented a hands-on cooking workshop on how to feed a family of four on a budget.
Participants reported that the event was an excellent way to network with community leaders, other mentees and faculty, and learn about available college resources that help promote success.
One mentee commented, “As an older woman going back to school, it’s great to know there is a vibrant support system readily available to students at the Alexandria Campus. Though I have been vaguely aware of the resources on campus, the conference today helped me see how accessible those resources are as well as the value of networking with other students.”
The mentoring program is in its fifth year of existence. Under the guidance of Vice President George Gabriel and led by Dr. Jill Biden and Emeritus Faculty Elizabeth Harrison, the program was developed to help women over 30 get the support they need to succeed at NOVA and ultimately graduate while attaining their academic and career goals.