When Avon Scherff first announced the concept for her foundation, I Am I Can in June, that's all it really wasa concept. After crafting I Am I Can part-time while running Scherff Insurance Agency, Inc. in Clifton Park full-time, the organization that seeks to empower girls throughout high school and help them establish a plan for after graduation, is another step closer to being up and running.
The foundation had its official launch in early November with an event at Saratoga National Golf Club that raised around $5,000. It was meant to get the name out there and hopefully generate some interest throughout the community, both among young girls who could benefit from it and local women who want to help them thrive.
I've had women from that, reach out to us interested in being community directors or an advocate to work with the girls mentoring, and also some women who just want to be available to volunteer," said Scherff.
I Am I Can already has seven board members but Scherff hopes to find up to four more. A board member would be responsible for attending a monthly board meeting and assisting on the administrative arm of the organization. That could mean finding women to be involved or helping with events and fundraising.
The foundation also needs community directors, who will basically be a spokesperson in various communities. Scherff is shooting to have a community director in every school district in the Capital Region, eventually.
"I can't physically be out speaking to everyone, so the plan is these directors would share the mission of the organization and develop their team in that community, so finding mentors and doing outreach to get girls to participate in the program," said Scherff.
I Am I Can is in need of advocates, too, who will serve as mentors for interested girls.