Create WV Announces Collaborative Mentoring Efforts
Joins with other non-profits to increase reach and impact
CHARLESTON, WV -- Create West Virginia is joining forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central WV in the West Virginia Mentoring Initiative.
“Our two organizations are engaged in the critically important endeavor of opening up opportunities for West Virginia’s young people, while connecting generations and cultures,” said Sarah Halstead, president of the Create West Virginia board of directors.
“The mentoring initiative, which will serve youngsters from elementary school age through high school, is one facet of Create West Virginia’s expanded program designed to increase awareness of skills and attitudes necessary for optimum participation in 21st century business, Halstead said.
On behalf of Create WV, Halstead promised mentors and mentees access to the network’s innovation economy knowledge and resources, the intellectual capital of innovators and entrepreneurs, the power of Create WV’s idea forums and community building resources.
“Bigs and littles will have access to our network's growing number of co-working facilities
and meeting spaces around the state including churches, schools, community makerspaces, learning labs, voice studios, video capture spaces, 3D printing labs, and performance venues. Our creative communities in Lewisburg, Princeton, Fayetteville, Huntington, Buckhannon, Charleston, Richwood, and Morgantown and other places throughout the state support this initiative, and encourage others to make their resources available, too.
“Our work with Big Sisters Big Brothers signals our commitment to collaborating with other non-profits and private industry to accelerate West Virginia’s movement into a broadly diversified economy, one that obviously invests in its people. The healthiest economies in the United States, and in the world, are those that are diverse, well educated, and people centered. They also welcome risk and tolerate failure. They not only adopt and use technology, but innovate across industries and interests to build new kinds of assets, including social capital and intellectual property. The people who have all this going for them also demand great quality of place—they want other interesting people around them who further stimulate them. Photo courtesy of Sarah Halstead. Taken during the first DigiSo Maker Camp in which Littles participated in video production, voice studio, 3 D printing, game design and problem solving activities with Create WV mentors.
“Create West Virginia intends to cultivate systems and attitudes that allow us to reach our highest potential. Mentoring others, investing in our collective potential is key. We intend to make West Virginia a place where people aspire to live, rather than leave.”