empowerHER(r) was formed by Boston resident Cara Belvin after a recognized need in the community. Cara was 9 years old when her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 37. Out of the gratitude she had for all the layers of support her family received, and after recognizing a need in the community, she formed empowerHER.
empowerHER started as a grassroots friends and family movement. At inception, empowerHER’s mission was to simply bring teenage girls away on Mother's Day for a weekend retreat and remind them they are not alone in their grief. More events were planned throughout the year and a volunteer-driven event model made for more events on the same day in new locations.
Recognizing the need for additional, year-round support for the girl and her family, Cara set out to build a one-of-a-kind mentor program for girls in grief. With a technical support grant from MENTOR and their Boston-based affiliate Mass Mentor Partnerships (MMP), a leading expert in youth mentorship, empowerHER launched the only youth mentor program in the country for girls in grief.
Today, empowerHER matches girls and young women across the globe, up to age 24, with a positive role model from the community to help them "grow through grief" while also providing additional supports to the girl's immediate and extended family. We are in need of more amazing adult women from all over the country to serve as Mentors- in person, virtual, or combination of both!
Please see the below volunteer description for serving as a Mentor at empowerHER:
The empowerHER(r) MENTOR PROGRAM helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The MENTOR PROGRAM uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.
- Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
- Serve as a positive role model and friend
- Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together
- Strive for mutual respect
- Build self-esteem and motivation
- Recommended 1-year commitment
- Regular communication with Mentee (recommended monthly)
- Attend an initial training session during each year of participation in the program
- Attend optional Mentor/Mentee group events, Mentor support and program recognition events
- Be at least 25 years old
- Experienced the death of mother
- Be interested in working with young people
- Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
- Be willing to complete the application and screening process
- Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
- Attend Mentor training sessions as prescribed
- Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
- Have access to an automobile, auto insurance, and a good driving record
- Have a clean criminal history
- No use of illicit drugs
- No use of alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
- Not currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years
- Not currently in treatment for a mental disorder or hospitalized for such in the past three years
- Willing listener
- Encouraging and supportive
- Patient and flexible
- Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
- Comfortable sharing experiences with grief, loss or adversity
- Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals
- Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
- Training sessions and group activities
- Participation in a mentor support group
- Mileage and expenses are tax deductible
- Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
- Mentee/Mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events
Application and Screening Process
- Written application
- Driving record check
- Criminal history check: state, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry
- Personal interview
- Provide two personal references
- Attend Mentor training
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About empowerHER, Inc.
137 WASHINGTON ST, NORWELL, MA 02061, US
To empower, connect, and support girls and young women who have experienced the loss of their mothers.
The empowerHER story starts with a young girl who has lost her mother. Founder Cara Belvin formed empowerHER in 2013 out of the gratitude she had for all the support her family received after her own mother Kit died of breast cancer. Cara was just 9 years old and desperate to meet others who could relate to her loss - And, now with the support of countless volunteers + donors, Cara’s simple
idea became a reality.
empowerHER is the only organization in the country specifically working to address the struggles of girls whose mothers have died, and we’re doing vital work. empowerHER was formed in 2013 as a grassroots movement in an effort to bring teenage girls together on Mother’s Day weekend.
Today, empowerHER provides an integrated series of programming featuring year-round EVENTS for GIRLS, such as our signature Mother’s Day Retreat, Beach Bash, Cooking Classes, Yoga and more. Events are community-based and non-therapeutic and serve to remind girls they are not alone in their grief. These events occur in tandem with our MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM with caring + strong female role models who promote positive growth throughout the grief journey. All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family and are available both in-person and virtually.