WHAT IS HSMP?
Who We Are
The High School Mentorship Program is an educational program created by the NAWBO SA Foundation in 1999 to encourage young women to begin exploring entrepreneurship and what it takes to be successful.
NAWBO-SA Foundation is a volunteer organization within the NAWBO SA Chapter whose members give their passion, time, and money to support this program. As a collaborative effort between NAWBO-SA members, Wells Fargo representatives, school representatives and administrators, community leaders, university and corporate sponsors, the High School Mentorship Program reaches hundreds of teen women in high schools across San Antonio.
To empower, encourage and educate young women to explore entrepreneurship through mentorship and financial literacy
How the Program Works
The NAWBO-SA Foundation High School Mentorship Program is a 6-month program and experiential learning opportunity for junior and senior ladies in high school. Through our three conferences and in-school mentorship meetings, we empower students with leadership skills and life tools that will set them up for success in school and in life. HSMP's program is three-fold:
1) Ignite a passion for business education and entrepreneurship and provide practical experience necessary to apply it to real-life situations.
2) Open the door to economic empowerment and place students on a path to prosperous futures for themselves and their communities.
3) Transform mindsets by opening students' eyes to the opportunities that surround them, and then giving them the necessary tools to take action.
The program culminates with a scholarship competition in which the teen girls create a business plan. While developing their business plan, students utilize the skills gained during the educational conferences and receive guidance from their champions, who are experienced entrepreneurs. The school champions meet with the girls at school once a month and are able to mentor the students through the process of writing their business plan. At the end of the program, the business plans go through a thorough and blind judging process, after which the four top business plans are selected and the participant is awarded college/trade school scholarships.
Through participation in the program, students have the opportunity to receive a certificate of participation for meeting the required attendance at program events, and a separate certificate for meeting the requirements for participating in the business plan competition.