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DATE: Jan. 21, 2005

Mentors sought for Women on the Move program

DEARBORN---"Women on the Move--College is an Option!" a program that introduces the University of Michigan-Dearborn to women receiving services through area non-profit agencies, is looking for volunteer mentors to assist the 250 metro Detroit women who will visit campus in March and May.

The one-day program will be held twice this year: Thursday, March 17 and Thursday, May 12. Volunteers are needed to mentor women for each day, but mentors are not required to sign up for both days. Mentors will be needed from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the date they chose to volunteer.

The women participating in the Women on the Move program intend to further their education, an opportunity they may not have had previously. They will learn about classroom expectations, campus support groups and how other women deal with problems they have encountered in returning to school.

"The number of women who need to become financially independent continues to grow each year," according to Patricia Schlaff, co-director of the program. "The Women on the Move program offers the opportunity for women to see education as a means of independence. Each year the programs grows, testifying to its importance to the community."

The program, which is in its eighth year, is a collaboration among the Women's Studies Program and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; United Way Community Services; the Business Professional Women's Organization; the American Association of University Women; and numerous human service organizations in the area.

Accompanied by mentors, participants will learn how to apply to college, register for classes and apply for financial aid and scholarships. There will be panel discussions by returning women students from UM-Dearborn who will share their own college experiences.

Seating is limited for the March 17 and May 12 events. To register for the free event, call (313) 583-6511. To volunteer as a mentor, call Vera Mical at (313) 593-3960.
For additional information on the March 17 and May 12 events, contact Schlaff at (313) 583-6511 or Pamela McAuslan, co-director of the event, at (313) 593-5376.

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