and four friends started Wings to Flye
, a mentoring program for fifth- and sixth-graders. - Frank Espich / The Star
Ericka Flye, 39, is a news anchor for WRTV (Channel 6) Weekend News at 6 and 11 p.m. and is a weeknight general assignment reporter.
Originally from Anderson, she
has lived in Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio.
She joined WRTV in 2000.
Flye, a graduate of Ball State University, started Wings to Flye in May 2009 with the goal of mentoring girls.
WRTV (Channel 6) anchorwoman Ericka Flye woke up in the middle of the night three years ago because she needed to get an idea onto paper.
"I didn't like what I saw," Flye
said, when it came to young women and the influences of today's culture.
four friends met over pizza to lay the foundation for Wings to Flye
By May 2009, the mentoring program was up and running with 10 fifth- and sixth-grade girls from George H. Fisher Elementary (IPS School 93).
chose the school after meeting the principal.
Now, the students meet with the five mentors once a month for workshops on self-respect, etiquette, personal hygiene, fashion and grooming, as well as discovering gifts and talents.
The workshops are called L.I.F.T. -- Life Instructions for Tweens.
friends developed the curriculum as they went along.
"We didn't know how to do it," she
"We didn't have any training.
We just had an idea, and we decided, 'If we don't do it now, we'll never do it.' "
These days, Wings to Flye mentors 15 girls (all fifth-graders) at School 93.
"It makes sense for me to be the one to talk to them about it," Flye