Aspiring Girls matches caring women with girls in kindergarten through high school in a one-to-one relationship. Kindergarten through fifth-grade girls and their mentors meet individually each week. Sixth-grade through twelfth-grade girls meet weekly as a group with their mentors on the school campus. A group facilitator plans weekly activities. Volunteer mentors commit to one year of mentoring or longer.
Aspiring Girls was originally established as a pilot project in 1996 called Forever Friends and has grown to a program now serving five school districts.
Aspiring Boys matches adult male mentors with kindergarten through twelfth grade boys. Mentors meet individually with their mentees weekly on the school campus. They inspire and encourage young people who can benefit from additional adult support. Volunteer opportunities for Aspiring Boys are available on campuses in Longview, Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Kilgore, and Hallsville independent school districts.