Empower a Girl. Empower the World.

Through the development of daughters, we empower communities.

 
 

2018 ANNUAL REPORT

Another Year Stronger.

 
 

A small but mighty team led programs in 3 countries. We moved our mentoring model to virtual mentoring to reach even more students across 3 states, and brought on mentors from around the world. The amazing content from our continuing Speaker Series was developed into Empowerment Courses reaching students in 2 cities of India and 2 cities of Ghana.

In 2018, you empowered us to reach communities globally.

 
 

3 states, 5 schools, 34 countries represented, 57 mentoring matches, 421 mentoring sessions, countless opportunities

 
 

In 2018, SPEAK Mentorship adopted our Pillars of Development, by which we develop all individuals who come through SPEAK. By focusing on developing individuals, we know that we can expand economic and social opportunities that lead to a progressive society prepared for a future that will be more technologically enabled, not dependent, culturally inclusive, not simply diverse. We must prepare our future generation with career and social skills that support social inclusion to combat possible social isolation and inequity created by technology. Investing in our daughters of immigrants will result in far reaching effects, as they alter traditional mindsets and empower women and communities across the globe through their ties to countries of origin.

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75

Girls

421

Mentoring sessions

 

100

percent that Learned about new careers and Jobs

94

percent that felt More prepared for college, engaged at school, & learned new skills

 
 

76

percent that learned about new colleges

65

percent that felt improved family relations

 
 
 

IMPACTING A DIVERSE GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THROUGH OUR FOUNDATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM AND SPEAKER SERIES in 2017 - 2018

 
 
  • 94% Mentees from Immigrant Households

  • Mentees represent 34 Countries 

  • Mentees live in 3 Cities and 3 states

  • Mentees attend 5 Schools 

  • 100% of schools that implemented full program seeking to continue programming and identify district support

  • 90% Mentors continuing to serve

  • 10 Speaker Series Events 

  • Speakers represented from fields of Education, Business, STEM, Architecture, Art

  • Speaker Series events launched into Empowerment Courses in 2 countries, 4 cities, impacting 220+

Our students come from all around the world and their interest in careers is just as diverse! Of students who had gone through the Foundational Mentoring Program, 53.2% were interested in STEM fields, with 38.3% of those interested specifically in Health Science careers. 17% were interested in Law and Arts each, 6.4% in Business, 4.3% in Lifestyle & Entertainment, and 2.1% in Education.

 

We have launched programs across 5 schools in 3 states. Our students originate from 34 countries. This graph shows where students come from and which countries had the highest enrollment this year.

We also delivered Empowerment Courses to two cities each in Ghana and India, utilizing our successful Speaker Series.

 
 
 
 

“A Leader Should Be Passionate. Passion Helps Me Achieve My Aim Without Difficulties.”

 

In 2017, we had the pleasure of working with Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project near Hydrabad, India, and developed a course using our Speaker Series that exposed students to different English speakers to enhance their listening skills, and provided them with case studies that boosted their English literacy and oral skills. Through this early collaboration, we learned that providing the insight and advice of others who have been through a difficult journey and persevered, would help students work through case studies that reflected aspects of their own lives.

 
The students of Akanksha learn about the challenges they may have to face and responsibilities they may have to shoulder as they get older. They work through a case study to understand how they can persevere in their own career goals while still supporting their families.
 

This pilot provided us with enough context to expand our impact and understand whether the issues these students faced were the same experienced by other students. We approached Akanksha Fund in Mumbai, India (a few students pictured above). We conducted a focus group to learn what issues were identified as local obstacles to opportunity. Realizing we had a wealth of advice that could bolster the learning of these students and help them understand that career professionals in the west faced similar issues, we created Empowerment Courses to provide skills and empathy training, conflict management, and to boost confidence and grit. This would ensure girls and boys in India were working towards positions of leadership to address the incredible gender inequity within the nation.

 

With this learning, we approached a women-led organization in Africa, and were able launch the Empowerment Courses in Accra and Tamale, Ghana with the help of two amazing local women. Another local focus group gave us more insight on the issues faced specifically within Ghana, and uniquely within the smaller city of Tamale. We decided to increase the length of our workshops by providing full length speaker talks and addressing issues of lack of visible female role models in careers and a lack of community support to advocate for women’s rights. In Ghana, we developed a secondary course focused on the local needs of the Ghanians to empower and enable girls to self-advocate.

We are working towards sustaining and expanding efforts in both regions through partnerships with NGOs in various countries.

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Learning how to lead and advocate for themselves

Tamale, Ghana

 
 

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Student presenters received recognition for presenting their immigrant stories and experiences as girls of color.

Student presenters received recognition for presenting their immigrant stories and experiences as girls of color.

Ambassadors across states solidified their friendship proving the power in shared experiences.

Ambassadors across states solidified their friendship proving the power in shared experiences.

Future leaders meet current leader, Dorcas Adekunle, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to   Rep.   Susan Wild

Future leaders meet current leader, Dorcas Adekunle, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Rep. Susan Wild