If the music of “She’s a Lady” starts echoing down the corridors at Mountain Pointe High School this spring, there’ll be a reason for it.
A Phoenix nonprofit is conducting an after-school program called “Thrive Like a Lady” for sophomore and junior girls there, although so far only six students are participating, district spokeswoman Jan Liewer said.
Thrive Community Services is spending an hour a week for 10 weeks teaching a class on “critical life skills,” according to a release.
The classes will cover self-confidence, social etiquette, personal branding, financial literacy, communications skills, safety awareness and volunteerism.
“As girls develop, we often teach them about becoming a woman, but transcending into a lady has been lost in translation,” said Keisha McKinnor, CEO of Thrive Community Services, Inc.
“Our answer is a weekly program that equips girls with the necessary tools, skills and information to transform them into confident, capable young ladies and future leaders,” she added.
The release quoted Mountain Pointe Assistant Principal Tomika Banks as stating:
“Part of our vision for our students is to provide high-performing learning communities and connect the students with the larger professional community. ‘Thrive Like a Lady’ helps us achieve that vision by bringing in successful, professional women from the community to teach and model critical personal and professional life skills.”
The organization also has a brochure touting the “Pride Thrive” program at Mountain Pointe that states “We will coach the girls on the importance of respect for self and others, how to react and respond to various situations and what it means to be a leader.”
Thrive Community Services was created in 2014 by McKinnor, a 15-year veteran Realtor and commercial property manager who teaches the lady course with the help of professional women who rotate as guest lecturers over the nine weeks of the program.
The Phoenix nonprofit intends “to transform communities by improving the lives of those we serve,” according to its website.
The “Thrive Like a Lady” program is one of two touted by the group, which also has one that teaches girls etiquette.
McKinnor create the “Thrive Like a Lady” program last year after noticing “a critical gap in the confidence-building life skills taught to young women, especially those in economically-challenged neighborhoods,” according to the group’s website.
“The program targets girls ages 12-16 and connects them with leaders in the community through a nine-week program focused on transforming the girls into capable young women,” it said in the release.
The group also will be conducting a “lady” course at a nonprofit charter Step Up School in Mesa to girls in the sixth through eighth grades.
Diane Fernichio, dean of students at Step Up Schools, was quoted in the release as saying the lady program “complements our commitment to providing holistic education to our students by teaching young ladies critical life skills required for them to optimize their education and turn dreams into reality.”
At Mountain Pointe, meanwhile, far more young women are gearing up for Women’s Mentor Day that will take place Thursday at the school.
Around 150 female students will participate in the all-day event to kick off Women’s History Month, Liewer said.