Wednesday, August 7, 2013
What began as an individual mentoring program for Roper Berkeley’s Brenda Myers has evolved into a leadership program for young Berkeley County women.
Myers has been a mentor with Berkeley Intermediate School for the past five years. During the 2012-2013 school year, a number of fifth grade girls were selected by Charlyne Hart of the guidance department to participate in a team approach mentoring and leadership program with Myers asked to help pilot the program.
The class was held each semester, providing lessons in leadership skills, decision-making, business awareness, and professional behavior.
At the end of the class, the students were invited to tour the departments at Roper Hospital - Berkeley. Each department manager spent time with the students explaining the role of their individual departments such as ER, Imaging, OR, and the lab.
Prior to the students’ graduation ceremony, the girls were awarded a certificate of completion.
“The first year was very successful,” Myers said, “And we intend to continue this program partnership in the coming school year.”
Participating in the pilot class were Bryanna Barnett, Makayla Bowman, Zy’Asia Johnson, Rabbiatou Sumbundu, Katera Croker, Morgan Carroll, Carly Beckmann, Sophia Riley, Kelsey Newman, Mai Cameron, Aaliyah Clark and Grace Branton.