The Diamond Project

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Founded in June 2017 by Andrea S. Lee, The Diamond Project, Inc.  is a 501c (3) mentoring program that provides prevention and empowerment programs to girls in Grenada County. We strive to enhance their lives through enrichment programs, workshops and events that serve and inspire individual advancement. Our programs result in the increase of confidence, courage, educational and personal development.  

 

There is a dire need for young girls in Mississippi to have access to mentors who will serve as positive role models and provide proper guidance.  Research has shown that:

  • Mississippi has the 3rd highest teen birthrate in the United States, which is a decline from 2012 where it ranked the highest in the nation.

  • Mississippi's teen birth rate was more than one and a half times the national average in 2015.

  • In Mississippi, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.

  • 98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way

  • 1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis- depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders. On top of these, more reported being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure.

  • Mississippi at 35.5% has the third highest rate of adult obesity in the United States; over 40% of students in grades K-12 are overweight or obese.

  • Mississippi’s overall poverty rate is 22%, which is the nation’s highest.

 

Nine million at-risk youth in the United States feel isolated from meaningful connections outside of their homes; therefore, The Diamond Project provides the opportunity for young girls to connect with mentors who grew up in the same small towns, graduated from the same schools, and accomplished much success.

According to Mentor, The National Mentoring Partnership, young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college

  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly

  • 90% more likely to become a mentor

  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions

The Diamond Project makes mentoring convenient for both the mentors and mentees by incorporating it into our daily routines.

We are living in a digital age where nearly everyone owns smartphones, tablets, and iPads, including kids. Understanding that teenagers use social media and electronics to regularly communicate, we feel that it is an effective way to connect and make ourselves accessible to our mentees.