KENOSHA – Bradford High School’s Leading Ladies group began mentoring elementary students at Edward Bain School of Language Arts-Creative Arts, naming their mentees “Little Ladies.” Twenty-two high school students committed to being mentors.

“I feel that the Leading Ladies are leading the Little Ladies by example, showing they care by just being there and helping to reinforce their inner beauty,” said Kathy Harmeyer, EBSOLA-CA school guidance counselor. “The group will be a safe place to help develop their social skills and a place to develop and value their contributions.”

Leading Ladies is a group of about 70 students who come together twice a month to learn more about how to turn their adversities into strengths and inspiring girls to empower them to do their best and to focus on what is important, including life skills, social skills and academic abilities.

“For the high school girls, this gives them an opportunity to give back, build their resume, explore potential career interests, and earn community service hours in the process, which is a requirement for graduation,” said Cheryl J.

Johnson, Bradford dean of students and Leading Ladies adviser. “Beyond that, these types of connections build self-esteem. It feels good to reach out to others and is as much a gift one gives to oneself as the gift given to the receiver. This is a win-win connection and keeps students engaged and doing positive things with their time.”

The groups will meet bi-weekly with the following upcoming scheduled meeting dates:

· Monday, Oct. 17

· Monday, Oct. 31

· Monday, Nov. 14

· Monday, Nov. 28