"I came from a lower middle class family. My mom was divorced with three kids and we were always financially struggling, even when she met my stepdad, financial struggle was always a part of life," said Scherff. "Coming from that place and putting myself through college by working two jobs, I feel if I can do it, anyone can."
Since Scherff navigated the college process alone, figuring out financial aid and attending the only school she ever visited, those are the types of opportunities she wants to provide for others. From her many years in the business world, she said she has resources she plans to utilize, like a college advisor friend and already a network of friends, business associates and neighbors who can't wait to do their part.
Scherff said she will get a solid plan together over the summer and approach the middle school and high school in her school district, South Glens Falls, toward the beginning of the coming school year. While I Am I Can won't have a home base, she will use her Clifton Park office and eve her own home to meet with girls when needed. While she is launching it in her school district, she said she's confident it will branch off to serve other districts around the region.
"I have a friend in Latham who is interested. I'm thinking about maybe there could be directors in different school districts and they could head up their own group of volunteers there. I'm going to encourage that," said Scherff. "The sky is the limit, in my eyes."
Mentors, or advocates, will form intimate and personal relationships with their girls, said Scherff. That way, some who may be shy or hesitant to bare their souls in a group setting will feel freer to get out their problems. Once a month, the mentors will meet to play catch-up, swap stories and see what needs to be done or addressed.