South Lakes HS DIAMONDS Program Supports Students with Mentors, Activities
South Lakes High’s DIAMONDS (Determined, Intelligent, Ambitious, Motivated, Original, Nifty, Dazzling, Strength) is a mentoring program for young African American women led by Monica Charles-Williams and Angel Scott. Students are matched with an adult mentor who serves as a role model and advisor and works at South Lakes in a wide range of professional, teaching, and operational roles. Students also participate in large group sessions by grade level to discuss self-esteem and confidence; friendships; healthy relationships; social media, images, and messages; making the right choices; public speaking; respect; communication skills; conflict resolution and bullying; advocating for yourself as a student; time management skills and organization; being a leader in school, at home, and in your work place; interviewing tips; resume writing and reference letters; how to talk to your parents or someone you can confide in about your weaknesses or challenges; money management; and dressing for success. Recently, DIAMONDS, along with members of the minority male student group MOVE, attended a presentation on entrepreneurship from business owner, Warren Thompson, and explained his rise from small business entrepreneur to the owner of Thompson Retail Food Group, who shared his guiding principles. DIAMONDS have also participated in a team building event at an escape room and a winter celebration, catered by the South Lakes culinary program. The senior students are teaming with the Long Term Care Coordinating Council to present a tutorial on smart phones and social media at the Positive Aging and Wellness Fair. Students have appreciated the frequent participation of principal Kim Retzer and Region I Assistant Superintendent Douglas Tyson. Although DIAMONDS is still in its first year, it is already creating connections within the community and enriching lives. Contact news liaison Emily Burrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.