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Epsilon Omega mentors at-risk girls

1/17/2014, 6 a.m.
Mentoring the next generation of girls is critical to the future health and prosperity of our nation. In Baltimore City, ...
Members of the Epsilon Omega's Education Committee (left to right) Annamaria Joyner, Barbara Milton King, Tamara Greenhill, MaryEllen Smackum, Dawn Ray and Chair Frances Parks launched the Rosemont Project at Rosemont Middle School in Baltimore City. Courtesy Photo

— Mentoring the next generation of girls is critical to the future health and prosperity of our nation. In Baltimore City, thousands of young girls are currently growing up without the guidance and support from adults that is needed to prepare them to become well-adjusted and contributing members of society. Epsilon Omega Chapter recognized the need to help our next generation of girls and made a commitment to Rosemont Middle School in Baltimore City to mentor the school’s eighth grade girls.

The Rosemont Project inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. It provides mentoring relationships for at-risk girls in one-on-one and group settings during the school year. Sorors meet with students once a week for an hour to discuss issues such as bullying, health, leadership development, scholastic achievement, character building and etiquette; and, discourage risky behavior, such as substance abuse and violence.

"When we support the growth and empowerment of girls, we raise the quality of life for everyone," said Project Co-chair Frances Parks. "This is because when women lead they not only lead businesses, they lead in their community and they give voice to issues that are important to our collective future—like education and health care. These girls are smart and capable and they need us."

The project is lead by Frances Parks and Ramona Green. Others involved in the project include: Jean Owens, Ann Moore, Tamara Greenhill, Kimberlyn Peal, E. Francine Stokes McElveen, Phillis Doggett, Sharon Smith, Barbara Milton King, Toni Byrd Hines, Bardett Nicholson Premick, Annamaria Joyner, Joann Barber, Clara Adams and Edmonia Yates.