What is Alcye?
Alcye (/al·see/) is a networking and mentoring platform for women. It is an online community #ConnectingHer - where women connect to share resources, knowledge, and skills, regardless of where they live or what field they work in. What makes Alcye unique is that it is mentoring based on reciprocity; you help others with your skills, as well as get advice on your needs - you are the mentor and the mentee.
Maybe you have the ability to coach someone on content development, but want to learn more about programming; Alcye matches you with people you can help, and who can help you, so no single person is in a constant state of giving. Alcye is a safe space where you can connect with your peers. It facilitates collaborative learning and mentoring for advancement and success in all areas of life.
How Alcye helped Nikki
Nikki is a young woman, in her first semester at Mesa Community College in Arizona. She wants to finish her basic classes and attend a university, but is unsure. Nikki has no role models, as no one in her family has gone to college. She's seen violence in her household and wants to make a better life for herself, but often gets discouraged and thinks about dropping out.
So, Nikki signed up on Alcye hoping to find someone who can help her. Nikki found Heather, also a first-generation college-graduate. Heather is mentoring Nikki on what she needs to do to get into college. She's also telling Nikki her own story and what it means to be independent and earn her own livelihood. Heather will be Nikki’s anchor as she goes through the first year of community college. Perhaps, they'll be friends for life.
As it so happens, Nikki is a runner and is finding pride in mentoring another Alcye sister, Janice, a 55yr old who wants to take up running and improve her health. Through Alcye, Nikki has found a way to both support and be supported.