LARCHMONT, N.Y.– Forty new mentees were introduced to their mentors Thursday afternoon at a luncheon to celebrate the sixth year of the “Her Honor Mentoring” program, at the Larchmont Shore Club.
“Her Honor Mentoring,” was started by Nicole Sheindlin to give high school girls an opportunity to work closely with female professionals and gain some hands on experience for the next six months. It stretches over six high schools in Westchester: Mamaroneck High School, Mount Vernon High School, Nellie A. Thornton High School in Mount Vernon, Saunders Trades and Technical High School and Gorton High School, both in Yonkers and White Plains High School.
“It’s Nicole’s brain child,” said her mother Judith Sheindlin, also know as the famous "Judge Judy." “It gives kids who were doing the right thing and weren’t getting anything a needed boast."
The program has grown over the last six years and Judith Sheindlin credits the young women for the success. “It’s successful because the young women are really enriched with the year they are spending with their mentor,” she said.
Nicole Sheindlin agrees with her mother but also credits the match making of the mentees and mentors.
“The success at this point is who are the appropriate mentors,” she said. “It’s about connecting the right people.”
Kimberly Flores, a senior at Mamaroneck High School, was encouraged by her sister to try and get a spot in the program.
“My sister did it three years ago,” said Flores. “She said that the program was really rewarding.”
Flores, who is looking to continue her schooling at either Syracuse University or SUNY Binghamton next year, is very interested in private businesses.
Her interests were only one part of the applying process; it also consisted of getting selected by your guidance counselor, then she needed to fill out an application and had to write an essay.
“I needed to write an essay about myself, my family and I also wrote about when I went to Nicaragua to build a house,” said Flores.
Flores was paired up with Maria Garzona who is the co-owner of Sweet Teez Candy Shop in Larchmont.
“She will learn about what I have to deal with, while running my own business,” said Garzona.
“I want to be more outgoing,” said Flores. “I want to learn how businesses go.”