Adult Volunteers, Debra Hadsall, Financial Education, Girls, Young Women, Teens, Pre-Teens, Vo, Graduation, High School, Uncategorized

Mentoring, Conversations and Relationships with Adult Volunteers

Life Skills and Mentoring for Groups of Girls and Young Women in Public Schools 



Success!!! My little book about group mentoring with girls and young women and led by volunteers is finally finished and published.  Please click above to learn more.

As I stand back and read it as a woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter, professional woman and someone actively involved in doing things that can make a positive impact on the lives of girls and women, I see what you will see.

Stepping back from being the author sharing about real world experiences that I and others had over a four year period gives me the luxury of really just reading the book like you would.

In addition to use by volunteers, I can see how home school parents/teachers could use some of the resources mentioned or provided. Those from Sean Covey are good for students and adults!

Grandparents and parents can gain a different perspective of what young people are encountering these days out in the world and at school; the good and the not-so-good. Community leaders who really want to do something transformational and not just a one-time activity which seems more charitable than it is life changing could use it.

Some of you may have perfect lives with perfect children, grandchildren, friends, and other family members. We didn’t and don’t. Our brilliant and independent son had what I call an adventurous youth. I tell people that behind the facade of this suburbanite mom is a woman who has learned a lot of street smarts along the way because of our son’s adventures. It all worked out, but it was work.

Over time I became the neighborhood coach for how to handle home-schooling (at the high school level) and gave support to parents who found their lives turned upside down by massive changes in their child’s behavior. Good kids with good parents. Both just needed a little information, care, and coaching.  Later in life these experiences gave me some confidence as a group of community volunteers started a group mentoring lunchtime activity in a public school for pre-teen and teen girls/young women.

When you are shopping for a gift for yourself and others, please consider making this little book your choice

Christianity, Encouragement, Graduation, Mentoring, Risk Taking, Uncategorized, Volunteers, Young Women

If it isn’t tried….

Sometimes we just have to take a chance.

In the fall of 2010, my friend (and pastor) Sue and I ventured out into our little community in a small town in Texas in hopes of meeting some young women who could use just a little support and encouragement to let them enjoy their school years and actually graduate.  This year (2014), that hope became a reality as a group of us gathered to attend graduation to celebrate the accomplishments of those students we met that first year.  Along the way the group of volunteers and students has expanded.

When we started this journey, our hopes were high, but our expectations were limited.  There was no roadmap for us to follow, we just worked together as volunteers, students, and school staff members to meet the needs of those we met.  It was a collaboration for sure.

Yesterday I was going through my box of cards which I have kept over the years because they are special and have brought me joy and encouragement. I found a card Sue had sent me when we first started the mentoring activity.  It made me smile and reminded me that things that look good after four years, may not have seemed that certain in the beginning.


The added statement “If it isn’t tried, we don’t know if we can” became very powerful and helped me stay focused and moved me into action.  The kindness in the words and the loving spirit in which the card was sent helped me remain centered on outcomes which benefited the students. This is a good reminder that kind words of encouragement can help overcome fear and allow us to ignore the small minority of people who were negative about the whole thing  (yes, there were a few along the way).

This card is a keeper!  May you take these wise words and move forward on something you have been going to do but lacked the courage to take the first step.