The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

Sister2Sister®

In 2000, The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc. and the Fulton County Juvenile Court, with the assistance of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Equality, began the Sister2Sister

Mentoring Program® (“S2S”). S2S is designed to assist teen girls, many of whom have entered the juvenile court system, through adult mentoring and bi-monthly workshops/trainings. S2S workshop/trainings address topics such as: the importance of self-worth, practical ways to avoid negative peer pressure, health education, public speaking, and many more. In addition to its two workshops a month, S2S also offers academic assistance and ACT and SAT preparatory assistance for its student participants. S2S also partners with other community entities to host an annual free health and wellness fair for the Mechanicsville Community.

By introducing its students to the promise that their lives hold if they make positive choices, S2S encourages young women to continue their education, become leaders, and develop behaviors that will prevent future contact with the criminal justice system. S2S is operated entirely by volunteers that are committed to providing vulnerable young women with the tools they need to be successful.

In 2000, the GABWA Foundation, Inc. and the Fulton County Juvenile Court, with the assistance of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Equality, began the Sister2Sister

Mentoring Program® (“S2S”). S2S is designed to assist teen girls, many of whom have entered the juvenile court system, through adult mentoring and bi-monthly workshops/trainings. S2S workshop/trainings address topics such as: the importance of self-worth, practical ways to avoid negative peer pressure, health education, public speaking, and many more. In addition to its two workshops a month, S2S also offers academic assistance and ACT and SAT preparatory assistance for its student participants. S2S also partners with other community entities to host an annual free health and wellness fair for the Mechanicsville Community.

By introducing its students to the promise that their lives hold if they make positive choices, S2S encourages young women to continue their education, become leaders, and develop behaviors that will prevent future contact with the criminal justice system. S2S is operated entirely by volunteers that are committed to providing vulnerable young women with the tools they need to be successful.

Since its founding, S2S has assisted more than 1,000 young ladies. In 2007, the NCWBA recognized S2S with its Public Service Award. In 2015, S2S expanded to include a DeKalb County chapter to better serve young women throughout metro Atlanta. Last year, S2S worked with  approximately forty young girls, hosted more than thirty workshops, and partnered with the Center For Black Women’s Wellness to provided needed health services/education to nearly 200 children and adults.

 

S2S Staff

Mercedes G. Ball, Esq., Executive Director

Olivia C. Smith, Esq., Program Director DeKalb County

Denise Riley, Esq., Program Director DeKalb County

Nicole Jenkins, Program Director Fulton County

Tiffany Washington, Program Director Fulton County

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Brown, Esq., Volunteer Coordinator 

 

 

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Mercedes G. Ball
Executive Director, Sister to Sister Mentoring Program
Email:MgballS2S@gmail.com

Mercedes serves the GABWA Foundation as the Executive Director of the Sister to Sister Mentoring Program where she seeks to cultivate and empower young women in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system.

Mercedes Ball is a Senior Attorney at Lister & Holt, LLC, where she represents clients charged with criminal offenses at the trial and appellate levels. Mercedes was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She received a B.A. (Cum Laude) in Political Science from Spelman College. Mercedes earned her Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law where she was the recipient of the Hughes Spalding Scholarship and the Larry E. Blount Award for Scholarship and Service to Others. While in law school, Mercedes also served as the Executive Conference Editor of The Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. 

In addition to her position with the GABWA Foundation, Mercedes also serves as an Alumni Coach for the University Of Georgia School Of Law’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team.


 

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Olivia Smith, Esq.
Program Director DeKalb County
E-mail: ocss2s@gmail.com

Olivia Smith has worked with the Sister to Sister Mentoring Program for three years where she has been on staff for the past two years as a Volunteer Coordinator and a Program Administrator.

She is from Temple, Georgia. She attended Spelman College for undergrad where she majored in political science. She went on to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she received her J.D. She is a member of the Georgia State Bar and works in Ethics and Conflicts.


Denise Riley, Esq.,
Program Director DeKalb County

 

 

 

 


Nicole Jenkins
Program Director Fulton County

 

 

 


Tiffany Washington
Program Director Fulton County

 

 

 

 


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Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Brown, Esq.
Volunteer Coordinator