Ms. Moore oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the program. She also develops a curriculum that covers the main objectives of the program as well as plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates learning and development sessions for mentees. This may include skills training, personal development, and professional development.
Mrs. Miner recruits, screens, places, and retains volunteers, including mentors, from the district and community.
Ms. Valley trains volunteers in their role as mentors and provides ongoing support to help them to become the best mentors possible.
Ms. McDonald keeps contact with mentees and their families as well as community members to determine their needs, and advises the committee as to steps for providing appropriate support.
Jolene Mullet Bowen
Mrs. Mullet is responsible for overseeing and implementing fundraising strategies and maintaining an accurate account of funds.
Social Media Coordinator
Ms. Blankenship facilitates communication of events and activities on social media.
Girls Reaching All Concepts of Excellence (GRACE) was founded in 2017 by Ashley Moore, Teresa Miner, Jennifer Blankenship, Norma Valley, Kandace McDonald, Jolene Mullet, Rosemary Owens, Susan Stonner, and Cindy Lovell, a diverse group of educators and staff members at Blytheville High School who all had a common goal - to have a positive impact on the lives of young ladies.
These women recognized a need for positive role models who could empower female students, and guide them toward a better and brighter future. Blytheville High School is located in the Northeast delta region of Arkansas, an area with a high level of poverty. Approximately seventy-four percent of the students come from low-income households, with about twenty percent qualifying as homeless. In such an impoverished community as this, many students are at risk of suspension, chronic absenteeism, teenage pregnancy, retention, low self-esteem, low academic achievement, and other challenges that can prevent or delay their graduation.
As a result of wanting to see students succeed, a meeting convened on April 6, 2017, resulting in the creation of GRACE, a mentorship program serving girls in grades 9-12, with implementation beginning in August of that year. They were able to serve over 20 young ladies, and recruited 6 mentors primarily from the school district and community. As of today, GRACE has the privilege of serving nearly 30 mentees, who are guided by 7 mentors in group mentoring sessions twice per week.