What is a GammaMentor?
A GammaMentor or group facilitator is a woman who has taken the Gamma Facilitators’ Training. She can be any Christian woman interested in working with the young women of today.
Who would make a good GammaMentor?
Effective Gammagirls’ Mentors are dynamic, motivated, experienced and comfortable with working with youth, and, most importantly, mature in their Christian faith. It is also important that they enjoy this age group and are good communicators. Gammagirls are enthusiastic young teens who embrace positive role models in their lives; therefore, having the right leaders will serve to enhance the positive outcomes of this program. Note: These women need to be listeners. Women who want to preach at the girls from their own past mistakes should be avoided.
If I am running this program in my church, do the Mentors need to attend my church?
We definitely prefer and strongly recommend that Mentors be members of the church at which the Gammagirls’ group is held. This is one of the reasons that we train women within your church and community instead of sending our own facilitators to simply run a program and then leave. Facilitators of Gammagirls’ groups act as short-term mentors to help girls develop essential tools and realize their own potential. While the official mentorship does not continue after the ten weeks, seeing their former Mentors at church every week following will be a reminder to the girls of what they have learned and, most importantly, a reminder that there are women in their lives who care about them.
What does a Gammagirls’ group consist of?
Each group will contain between six and twelve girls and two Mentors. Groups work best if the Mentors are from two different generations. We suggest that one be a “mature” Mentor--that is, someone who has a lot of life experience, and, ideally, is married so that she can share those experiences. The other is a young woman in her 20s. She is closer in age to the girls so that she can better identify with them. This balance creates a healthy dynamic, offering the Gammagirls both the wisdom that comes with maturity and the enthusiasm and appeal of youth.
The group meets once every week for 10 weeks. Each session is two hours long.
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