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Local non-profit looks for mentors

"If a particular girl wants to be involved I'll pair her off with a woman in that community and they would spend time together, get to know each other; it would be their support person during high school," said Scherff.

The mission of the foundation is to steer girls through their high school years and help them develop a post-graduation plan. That could be college or an alternative route.

"It's great to encourage college but it could be something else like cosmetology, trade school, a branch of the military," said Scherff. "The mentor will be there to listen, guide and support them. Talk about plans, college visits maybe."

Girls in the program will have access to more than just mentoring. They might participate in group activities that foster teamwork and relationship building as well.

Her biggest challenge has been handling everything alone and still fulfilling her duties as owner of her company.

"The push is to get women involved in all these roles," said Scherff.

For more information or to learn how to get involved as a volunteer, community director, advocate or board member, visit www.iamicanachieve.org or contact Scherff at avon@scherffinsurance.com or 688-3010.

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