Radio host starts girls' mentoring program


Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.

WTMG Magic 101.3's Mid-Day Mamacita is beginning a mentoring program aimed at young girls.

Mamacita's Senoritas is a local nonprofit organization founded by radio personality and second-year law student Alexandra M. Taboada, 23. Although the name of the program is in Spanish, it is for any girl ages 5 to 18, Taboada said.

Because of the range in ages, there will be two groups. The younger girls, ages 5 to 11, will be called hermanitas, or little sisters. Girls ages 12 to 18 will be the senoritas, or young ladies.

Taboada's goal is to meet with the older girls first and encourage them to mentor the younger ones.

"It is mentoring within mentoring," she said.

Senoritas will meet twice a month, and hermanitas will meet once.

The program has a curriculum for both age groups. The groups will basically have the same discussions, except they will be spoken about in age-appropriate ways.

Meetings will revolve around family issues, self confidence, career goals, as well as other topics, Taboada said.

The girls will also be involved in service projects and recreational activities.

Applications are being accepted until Friday. It is free to join.

After applications are accepted, Taboada will be looking for mentors based on the number of girls who want to join.

It is her goal to begin the program in the first week of February, she said.

Taboada hopes Mamacita's Senoritas will be a national program one day.

For more information or to apply, visit http://magic1013.com/pages/pages.php?page=21.

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