The Sister2Sister mentoring group is comprised of 10 students. The girls engage in activities designed to raise their self-esteem and equip them with the skills and support necessary to overcome social barriers and obstacles that they may face in today’s’ society.

Staff members and sisters, Sharnae and Denisha Hudson lead this group. Growing up in Benton Harbor, they know how important it is to have a strong role model and mentors in their lives. That is why they are committed to helping the girls in any way that they are able.

“I can empathize with what these girls are going through and want to provide opportunities to help them succeed and hopefully go to college,” Sharnae Hudson commented. “They are our future and we want them to know that they can make a difference in the world. It is our goal that they learn what gifts they have to impact others.”

The ten female students who are members of the mentoring program love their experience so far.

“My favorite thing about this program is that we have each other’s backs. We are a sisterhood,” said Zaryiona an eighth-grader who is part of the Sistah2Sister program at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy.

The program allows the school to build relationships with the students and learn what they need to be successful in and out of school.

“We encourage the girls to be where they are and to engage in the moment,” said Denisha Hudson. “By providing resources and options outside of what they know, we want to show the girls that they can be successful if they choose wisely.”