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Cardinal Commitment

Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE)

Multi-quarter part-time
Education & Youth Development

WYSE is a community-based organization that builds two-way relationships between Stanford students and middle school girls at Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto. As part of their Cardinal Commitment, members are expected to meet with the middle schoolers for one hour after school every Friday for a year to exchange wisdom on womanhood, growing up, school and more. WYSE covers topics including body image, puberty, race and discrimination, sexual health, future goals, healthy relationships and decision making, community engagement, friendship, financial literacy and nutrition. As an organization, we also meet once a week to plan and expect mentors to take their mentee out on two "dates" in winter and spring quarter.

Service required by group to fulfill a Cardinal Commitment: As a member of WYSE, students will be come to weekly sessions in EPA with our mentees and will take their individual mentee on 2 dates per quarter. As an organization, we also have weekly meetings to reflect on previous sessions and to plan our next session for the girls.

Cardinal Commitment Mentor: Indy Sobol


Callan Showers

"I was persuaded to apply because it seemed like a way for me to expand my sense of community and purpose at and around Stanford. This couldn’t have been truer."

Callan Showers, ’19, was in the first class at Stanford to experience four years of Cardinal Service. She co-led the student organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE). Callan also completed a Cardinal Quarter with Gender Justice, a nonprofit law firm, and a Cardinal Quarter from the Bill Lane Center for the American West serving with the French cinema house Galatée Films.

Callan Showers, '19

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