A grim reality faces black girls today: rising high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, abuse, obesity, and high rates of sexually transmitted diseases. But several organizations run by women are committing their efforts and resources to helping young girls fully step into the power of their womanhood and forge lives of their own imagining.
The Evoluer House
Founder & Executive Director:
Cheryl Ann Wadlington
Started in 2004, Evoluer House has two programs designed to offer girls the tools needed to make positive choices.Â During the 12-week Evoluer Personal Development Program, girls attend empowerment workshops and programs that impart skills, training, and insights to bolster self-esteem and promote emotional, mental, and social wellness. The Evoluer Workforce Development Program equips teens with essential skills for obtaining and keeping a job. The goal is to illustrate to at-risk girls what greatness looks like and how to achieve it. “Today’s girl generation is the largest in history,â€ says Wadlington, “and we must respond to its needs because every girl deserves the opportunity to be successful.â€
Why It Started: The societal issues affecting black girls in Philadelphia, catapulted Wadlington into action. She solicited the help of educators, friends, and colleagues to conceptualize and design a dynamic curriculum that would engage and educate girls who are in crisis or at risk.
Who It Targets: Girls of color ages 13 to 18 in Philadelphia who are experiencing social and emotional challenges
Projects/Achievements: The program boasts a 100% high school graduation rate; since its inception,700 girls have graduated; 95% pursue post-secondary education or career training. For more information, visit www.evoluerhouse.org.
A Sisterhood of Support
Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle
Founders: Angela Hollis, Stephanie Palmer, Rev. Kanyere Eaton Dennis, and Valerie Oliver-Durrah
The organization comprises a giving circle of philanthropic black women who combine their knowledge, networking, and resources in support of organizations committed to inspiring, encouraging, and empowering black girls ages 13 to 18, who are at-risk or in crisis in New York City.
Girls Who Rule the World
Founder: Marjorie Elaine Harvey
One hundred girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are selected from the metro Atlanta area for the annual Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend, which focuses on positive self-image, responsible personal conduct, and self-respect.
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