Many Hillsborough County educators are fed up with the effects of the budget cuts ending extra-curricular school activities and the ever-increasing low FCAT scores that have impacted the future of many Tampa Bay area students. In the spirit of Title One and every “girl power” movement, a program has been developed to enrich and educate school-age girls (between the ages of 6 to 16) and meet the needs and demands of female students who may need motivation and confidence-building support to perform inside and outside the classroom.
Divine Individuals with Virtuous Attitudes (D.I.V.A) is a program that was developed by Hillsborough County Public School educators with those needs in mind.
D.I.V.A offers enrichment programs, tutoring services and mentoring support to help girls become dynamic leaders in their school and community. Xanthe Davis and I are the founding members of D.I.V.A and have experience working directly in the classroom as teachers. I work as a school psychologist for the district, and Davis is a new teacher-mentor through the Empowering Effective Teacher Grant. Our enthusiasm and passion to see girls become dynamic leaders in their school and community have driven us to develop this organization.
D.I.V.A’s own DIVA CLUB is sponsoring its winter community outreach project on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Metropolitan Ministries. This project is titled “DIVAs on the LOOSE: Mentoring, Servicing and Inspiring Our Community.”
This project will kick off our new division providing mentoring services to girls to assist them with communication and interpersonal skills to expand their leadership qualities to become effective leaders in their schools and communities.
As part of this event girls between the ages of 12 to 18 will be partnered with a Ms. Diva (adult woman mentor) to complete team-building activities and a service project to share with our community partner, Metropolitan Ministries. Girls will earn community services while having fun and giving back.
The continued vision for this organization propels us forward to think about innovative and unique ways to get school-aged girls motivated and confident about themselves and their abilities. When asked why they do it, they responded, “It’s not just education — it’s a way of life.” Visit www.divasforsuccess.com for information on this and future events or call 813-333-3144.