Dubai College is collaborating with Girls Out Loud, one of the UK’s top social enterprises for young women, to launch a groundbreaking mentoring program. The elite school will host the acclaimed Girls Out Loud mentoring program, which pairs year eight girls with mentors, or ‘Big Sisters,’ to help them achieve their goals.
Jane Kenyon, an entrepreneur, author, coach, speaker, and female champion, founded Girls Out Loud in the United Kingdom in 2009. The organization is dedicated to raising the expectations of young girls and has worked in this field for over a decade. Working with more than 50 schools in the UK, it has impacted the lives of almost 12,000 girls since its start.
Girls Out Loud make their international debut in 2022, when they visit Dubai College at the invitation of the university. They will hold its ground-breaking ‘Big Sister’ 12-month mentoring program on campus on February 21, 2022, as well as their dynamic, speed mentoring ‘Role Model Relay’ event.
In contemporary times, the environment that young females are striving to navigate is quite difficult. Social media and body image issues, mental health issues, bullying, complicated friendships, academic expectations, the home environment, and a worldwide pandemic may all destroy their dreams and self-confidence, which is where Girls Out Loud comes in. They may help them harness their potential and find their voice by connecting them to a broad set of smart female role models outside of their regular adult community who have journeyed to share and knowledge to impart – true empowerment for the next generation of women.
Girls Out Loud and Dubai College are searching for 20 mentors/’Big Sisters’ to come forward and be role models for year eight girls (ages 12-13). The Big Sisters will spend a year mentoring and encouraging their ‘Little Sisters’ by participating in a non-judgmental, rich relationship that allows them to communicate, grow emotionally, and acquire new coping skills, particularly around mental health, after receiving special training from Girls Out Loud. Dubai College and Girls Out Loud will choose the ‘Big Sisters’ through an online application process.
“Young girls today are global citizens, and the internet and smart technology means that their influences and difficulties are replicated whether they live in the UK, the UAE, or anywhere else in the globe,” says Jane Kenyon, CEO, and Founder of Girls Out Loud. We need to teach them a better way and assist them in rewriting their story, discovering their voice, strength, and potential.
“What we do now is important; young girls require our advocacy, and at Girls Out Loud, we provide this solution to assist the future generation in rising above the challenges they face and seeing that anything is possible.” They’ll need role models with real-life experiences and wisdom to impart in order to do so. I hope the ladies of Dubai are as excited as we are.”
“We believe that representation counts in life,” says Mike Lambert, Headmaster of Dubai College, “and we want to create chances for our girls to be mentored by outstanding female role models in a variety of fields at this vital time of their development.” As a result, we’ve enlisted the support of Girls Out Loud, a UK-based non-profit social company, to bring their multi-award-winning mentorship program to our year, eight girls, at Dubai College.
“We feel that the Big Sister program and the Role Model Relay offered by Girls Out Loud will expose our girls to professional choices they may not have considered and provide them with the support and advice of a female mentor throughout their formative years over the following twelve months.” This initiative has the potential to revolutionize the way we provide career assistance to our students and as a school; it also allows us to combine our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with an innovative strategy to improve our students’ workplace preparedness. We’re very excited to get started!”