MENTORING, TEACHING & SUCCESS
YOUNG ADULTS MENTORING PROGRAM
CARING MENTORS. BRIGHT FUTURES.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
The Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program is a program built upon the philosophy of “giving back” by mentoring and educating young ladies in all communities and of all backgrounds. This philosophy will be achieved by supporting positive social relationships. The organization outlines positive corridors for young ladies who face obstacles as they journey through the pressures of adolescence to adulthood. Our mentors have overcome adversities, have various experiences and education, and as a result, chose to devote their time to counsel the ladies in the program.
The focus of this program is to support and mentor young ladies between the ages of 10 and 21. We will develop coping mechanisms to deal with negative encounters such as peer pressure, interactions with friends and family, as well as enhancing communal behaviors. The young ladies will be exposed to knowledge that could possibly enrich their personal, spiritual, and mental health. The Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program will provide access to information as well as assistance to educational services and counselors who are able to address acute issues.
Success can be achieved by sharing a wealth of knowledge that has been obtained throughout life’s struggles, obstacles, and experiences.
The Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program services young ladies from all communities throughout the world by promoting self-love, self-respect, education, empowerment, and defining personal success.
“Succeed even when others think you have failed” - Dralanjelia Porter
The Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program is devoted to encouraging young ladies through mentoring, teaching, and success.
The Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program responsibility is to provide services that seek to develop and edify the importance of education, self-love, self-respect, and empowerment for young ladies.
The Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program values commitment to pairing young ladies with mentors that will enrich, challenge, and enhance their social skills, personal goals, and life through mentoring and teaching.
Dralanjelia “Sherrie” Porter is a native of Houston, Texas. Dralanjelia graduated from Eisenhower High School in the Aldine Independent School District in May 2002. She attended Sam Houston State University in August 2002 and studied Criminal Justice and Speech Communications. While at Sam Houston State University, Dralanjelia joined the Kold-Blooded Kappa Mu Chapter of the wonderful ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in the Spring of 2005. Dralanjelia graduated from Sam Houston State University in August 2006.
Dralanjelia found a way to turn her passion for helping others into a fulfilling career, which she began at the Kinder Emergency Shelter as a Youth Counselor in August 2006. She moved to the Juvenile Probation Department in September 2008 as an Intensive Supervision Officer, then later became a Court Services Juvenile Probation Officer. As of today, Dralanjelia has ten (10) plus years working with adolescents that are in need of assistance, resources, and services.
Dralanjelia furthered her education at Prairie View A&M University obtaining a Master of Science in Juvenile Justice and Psychology in May 2011. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Walden University in May 2013.
Throughout many years of working and participating in community service activities, Dralanjelia felt the need to do more. This is when the frame work for the Stepping Into Shoes Mentoring Program was formed. Dralanjelia lives by her life motto and passion daily, which involves helping others’. To see their own success is one of the her greatest joys. As Dralanjelia would say, “Be a blessing to the generation under you, so they can be as successful as the generation before you.”
Dr. Mary Mccullough has a passion for encouraging, teaching, and mentoring others toward success. She understands the importance of support in order to move to the next level, and she has dedicated much of what she does to this mission. Dr. McCullough's educational experience includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Walden University. Professionally, she has worked as a special education teacher, provided individual, group, and family counseling to youth with behavioral, emotional, and developmental disorders, and she has also provided therapy to youth on probation. She has also worked as a school psychologist providing psychological assessment and counseling in the school setting. Dr. McCullough currently works as a Clinical director for a mental health company, overseeing and managing the appropriateness of services for adults and children with diagnosable mental health concerns. She also mentors masters level therapists working toward full licensure.
When Dr. McCullough isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She is an advocate for natural and holistic living and enjoys incorporating natural living into her daily life. Fitness, healthy food options, exercise, and essential oils are biggest interests.
Teen Health Clinics
Planned Parenthood Clinics
Teens and Family Services
The City of Houston Youth Program
Teen Dating Violence
Texas Youth Hotline
National Runway Safe-line (Texas Runway contact number: 1-800-392-3352)
Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults
Free the Captives (human trafficking) (National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888)
Guided Insight Behavioral Health
The Children’s Assessment Center
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (formerly named MHMRA)
Mental Health America Greater Houston (Guide and Resources)
United Way of Greater Houston
Crisis Intervention Hotline