KBUG Mentor Sign-Ups

beachcities-ca.aauw.net/…ams/mentorsignup  (MentorSignUp)

Do you want to add 7 years to your life?  The Blue Zones Research says: “Find a purpose greater than yourself.”  And becoming a mentor could help you with finding your greater purpose.   You would help young girls to focus on going to college, while possibly adding an extra 7 years to your life.  AAUW Beach Cities’ KBUG (Know Before You Go) Mentoring Program would LOVE for you to sign up.  I have written a general letter (below all of the links).  The letter enumerates the many benefits that come from mentoring.

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Dear Potential KBUG Mentor,

I know most of you already, but just in case, my name is Dayla Sims, Coordinator of the KBUG Mentoring Program.  We just finished our 3rd year of our program entitled, KBUG (“Know Before U Go”–to college, that is).  With just a few hiccups along the way, we have succScreen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.36.26essfully established mentors for all interested mentees.

Which brings us to what we can do for you.  If you become a mentor, it is likely that you will benefit from most of the following.  Being a MENTOR:

1. Allows the mentor to “give back” — to another earnest young lady
2. Improves one’s active listening rather than passive listening (improves the brain, too)
3. Encourages one to share her knowledge, which helps increase the mentor’s sense of self-worth, and the mentee’s self-worth too.
4. Strengthens one’s interpersonal relationship skills
5. Leads one to experience more personal satisfaction.


And you can be a part of the program, no experience required.  Last year we had 15 mentors for 18 mentees.  Our program was awarded from California AAUW, the very prestigious “Certificate of Achievement Award” for Branch Programming, which was presented to us at the 2016 AAUW California Convention.  A perk that comes with this award is for KBUG to be added to the AAUW CA Wall of Fame.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.39.48What is required of a mentor? Most people are surprised that they meet with their mentee only 1-2 hours each month (September to May).  Mentors are provided training in late August on two important aspects of the program:

1) How to be a Good Mentor (Do’s and Don’ts)

2) How to use software to focus on a pathway for our mentors to go to college.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 14.50.13Most sincerely,

Dayla Sims

AAUW Beach Cities KBUG Coordinator



Last Year’s Terrific Mentors for 2016-2017

  1. Joann Bailey
  2. Rocio Murillo
  3. Mercedes Ortiz
  4. Frankie Goldstein
  5. Victoria Koh
  6. Terry Hays-Horner
  7. Liz Torres
  8. Kay Odgers
  9. Liz Gutierrez
  10. Sharon Gebhart
  11. Trudi Sturgeon
  12. Claire Damecour
  13. Mary Watson

Thank you, Mentors, for 2015-2016!

  1. Adrienne Madrid
  2. Barbara Case
  3. Barbara Kerr
  4. Carol Gentry
  5. Cathy Gallipeau
  6. Cynthia Marquis
  7. Denise DeVenuto
  8. Kathy Ford
  9. Laurie Sullivan
  10. Liz Torres
  11. Jamie Venegas
  12. Linda Sanchez
  13. Monique Benjamin
  14. Nancy Wloch
  15. Susan Negrete
  16. Victoria Koh

Our original Mentors: 2014-2015 — Adrienne Zeigler, Arlene Morris, Dianne Funk, Elizabeth Salathé and June Wang. Thank you also to Ginny Evans and Marge Thelen for their special efforts too.