The Women of Carroll mentoring program was initiated in November 2011. The vision of the program was to highlight the accomplishments of the alumnae of Carroll through a mentoring program that would allow the female graduates to share their experiences with the current female students. Archbishop Carroll was an all-male high school until the inception of coeducation in the Fall of 1989.
The purpose of the Women of Carroll mentoring program is to partner alumnae and current female students at Archbishop Carroll High School in hopes of creating meaningful relationships for both the mentors and the students. We would like to engage or further engage alumnae through various programs, events, mentoring opportunities, or financial contributions in an effort to benefit the current student body, preferably female students.
Crystal Rucker, Director of Advancement, headed up the program. After surveying both alumnae and students who signed up, she paired people with similar academic interests, career direction, hobbies and aspirations. She also polled both students and alumnae to see what their ideal mentoring partnership would include. “It was amazing how similar some of their expectations for the program were,” says Ms. Rucker. “Job shadowing was a top priority for both students and the alumnae who would be their mentors. Both groups answered that working on the college application process was a priority, and both groups indicated that they would like to have some group activities as well as participate in activities outside the school.”
Says Ms. Rucker, “Creating this mentorship program is not only a way our female graduates can develop relationships with current students, but a way to reconnect with the greater school community. Our alumnae, like so many people, lead extraordinarily busy lives, and they want to reconnect. The mentorship program gives them a structure to do so on their time schedule and at their leisure. Both the students and the alumnae who were surveyed hoped to connect at least monthly, so we are hoping that these will be the beginnings of some long term friendships.”
There are currently 30 female mentors and 30 female students of Carroll who participate in the program. If you are interested in being involved in the program or would like more information, contact Crystal Rucker at email@example.com.