International Mentoring Program hits the Airwaves

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Mentors and mentees tell their stories to St. Louis region
In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the remarkable women of the St. Louis International Mentoring Program took center stage. Members of the program; Sherley Moran, Christina Lawrence, Sarah Woodburn, Maria Goncalves, and executive director of the International Mentoring Program, Laura Wilson, shared their inspiring journeys and the invaluable impact the program has had on their lives.

Photo courtesy of KMOX. From L to R: Maria Goncalves, Sarah Woodburn, and Laura Wilson (executive director of the International Mentoring Program) in the KMOX-AM studio.

Their compelling narratives were featured on KMOX-AM Radio, St. Louis Public Radio, Fox 2, and KSDK-TV. Through these channels, mentors and mentees alike had the opportunity to express the significance of their experiences within the program.

At its core, the St. Louis International Mentoring Program embodies a noble mission: to forge connections between international women and their local counterparts, facilitating integration into the St. Louis community. From uncovering hidden gems within the city to fostering cross-cultural friendships, each participant embarks on a journey of discovery and enrichment.

Beyond the individual benefits, this program serves as a conduit for mutual understanding and appreciation. By embracing diversity and embracing the exchange of perspectives, St. Louis mentors and their families glean invaluable insights into other cultures, enriching their own lives immeasurably.

Since its inception in 2017 with just 10 participants, the program has burgeoned into a formidable force, boasting 562 members by 2023. This exponential growth speaks volumes about its efficacy and the pressing need for initiatives that champion inclusivity and empowerment on both local and global scales.