April 8, 2013 | Volunteer Spotlight
SATIIN AND SIILK Providing Outreach Support to Young Women in California
Sisters Involved in Linking Knowledge (SIILK) Supporting Young Women in California
Sisters Involved In Linking Knowledge (SIILK) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1996, whose mission is to bring women of diverse backgrounds together by providing opportunities to enhance themselves and others to grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, mentoring and community involvement.
Its founding members were highly respected in the Telecommunications Industry because of their professional accomplishments, personal development, and their outreach approach towards helping others.
Kelly Melton, Verizon Senior Consultant, Business Operations Support has been a member for almost 10 years. In 2011, Kelly helped to implement Sisters and Teens Involved in Nurturing (SATIIN), a mentoring program designed to support the advancement of disadvantaged young women between the ages of 14 and 18 by providing leadership support, educational workshops, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities. “SIILK helps young women further themselves academically, socially and emotionally,” said Melton.
Melton’s very own mentor, Carolyn Jenkins, a former Verizon employee, and founding member of SIILK, passed away of breast cancer several years ago and the non-profit organization now honors her by giving away a scholarship to a young woman each year in her memory. Based on the guiding principles of the original founders, “We mentor African American women on how to break the glass ceiling that still exists today in corporate America,” added Melton.
Verizon Employees from L-R in back row; Tonya Lover, Kelly Melton, Debra Williams, and Charlene Davis, (Monica Felton not pictured)
Verizon Retirees: L-R 3rd from left, Meschelle Mitchell, Barbara Cash, and Karla Thompson (DeLois Leonard, Lois Buckman, Andrea Chambliss, and Debra Houston not pictured)
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