The Moon Tribe is a mentoring program where young women learn life lessons through group discussions. The activities and group work are lead by trained female mentors aged fifteen years or older. The mentors act as role models to younger girls aged ten to thirteen, known as mentees. By using carefully selected activities and engaging group discussions, there is an opportunity for the mentors to foster inclusion. The mentors have a positive influence on the mentees and meet for approximately 1 hour per session for a total of 10 sessions. Heart-to-Heart can also be used as an after school program, lunch program or as a resource for other youth programs.
This program has many goals. It focuses on fostering inclusion, and building a sense of belonging with each individual member. During the delivery of the program, not only is there a sense of inclusion, but often the group becomes a “tight-knit” group able to find security and comfort in each other, thus increasing the self confidence of everyone. The mentors will teach the mentees how to resist negative peer pressure, help them to think critically with regards to negative media messages and address personal health issues such as saying no tobacco and other drugs.
Goals of The Moon Tribe
Build a sense of belonging
Form a “tight-knit” group
Develop critical thinking skills