Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program
Thursday, July 6, 2023

DOA Welcomes 17 High School Students to Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program Girls will explore state government STEM careers this summer

Jul 6, 2023

This year, 17 North Carolina high school girls will participate in the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program, a summer enrichment opportunity nurturing student interest in state government science, technology, engineering and mathematic career fields. On July 10, students will embark on a 4-week hands-on educational experience at one of 12 participating state government agencies.

“I am excited about this year’s program. This summer we have more students and participating agencies, broadening not only the scope of our program but the number of opportunities for our youth,” said NC Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. “It is my hope that these young ladies walk away with a greater love for STEM as well as public service.”

This summer marks the third year for the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program, following a brief hiatus due to COVID-19.

Representing seven North Carolina counties from Chatham to New Hanover, this year’s class of interns consists of students from grades 9 through 12. Each will be assigned a special project and will work 40 hours per week. Mentees will dedicate 24-hours weekly working side-by-side with women leaders and 16 hours with other mentees on a group project focused on artificial intelligence. Additionally, students will engage in summer enrichment opportunities including lunch and learn sessions and site visits to various state government agencies. All mentees will earn a $1,700 stipend at the end of the program.

Participating state agencies this year include the departments of Administration, Adult Correction, Commerce, Environmental Quality, Health and Human Services, Information Technology, Natural and Cultural Resources, Public Safety, Revenue, Transportation, and the offices of the Governor and State Human Resources.

The Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program was created based on recommendations from the 2018 Status of Women in NC Employment and Earnings Report released by the Council for Women and Youth Involvement in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The report highlights the growing disparity in employment and earnings among women and men in North Carolina. If unchanged, the gender wage gap will not begin to close until year 2060. The report also underscores Governor Roy Cooper’s NC Job Ready Initiative, which advocates for more internships, training and apprenticeships to prepare North Carolinians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Visit the NCDOA website to learn more about the Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program

2023 Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program Participants

Mentee Name Classification County High School Agency
Ashlyn Baldwin Junior Brunswick Brunswick County Early College High School Environmental Quality
Katelyn Chang Freshman Wake Apex High School Adult Correction
Elaine Eley Sophomore Wake South Granville High School Governor's Office
Sydney Haggard Junior Wake  Holly Springs High School Administration
Anna Hardee Junior New Hanover New Hanover High School Public Safety
Deshia Hickman Senior Cumberland Cumberland International Early College High School Administration
Sarah Hussain Sophomore Wake Green Hope High School Revenue
Olivia Jacobs Junior Johnston Garner Magnet High School Office of State Human Resources
Minchae Joo Freshman Wake Green Level High School Commerce
Lena Klayman Sophomore Wake Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy Adult Correction
Olivia Luster Junior Wake Garner Magnet High School Transportation
Emily Mahoney Sophomore Wake Cary High School Commerce
Kayle Maxfield Freshman Chatham Chatham School of Science and Engineering Environmental Quality
Kyler Osby Junior Johnston Johnston Early College Academy Natural and Cultural Resources
Kyra Price Sophomore Wake Willow Springs High School Information Technology
Grishma Shrestha Sophomore Wake Cary High School Health and Human Services
Vika Wei Junior Wake Choate Rosemary Hall Commerce

About NCDOA and the NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement 
The N.C. Department of Administration acts as the business manager for North Carolina state government. Under the leadership of Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell, the department oversees government operations and advocacy programs. The department's advocacy programs help to promote and assist diverse segments of the state's population that have been traditionally underserved. NCDOA’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement division advises the governor, state legislators and state leaders on issues that impact women and youth.

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