GCDA Ambassador Highlight
Sophia Andrews, Founder of Ngoma
Coming home after my first week-long trip to Kenya, I knew that spending my summer in Africa was something I was purposed to do. After traveling back with my mom early last year then again with both of my parents in December of 2017, that dream turned into a reality. In 2016, founded a nonprofit ballet program called Ngoma (en-go-ma) Kenya, in which I teach ballet to the children here. I am currently spending six weeks teaching special needs classes here at Happy Life Children’s Home based in Juja, Kenya. (See More)
“Girls Can Do Anything!” unites phenomenal females to redefine womanhood and what it means to be a girl! With an evidence-based program model and assessment tools provided through Girl’s Circle, GCDA Clubs foster healthy relationships between youth, their peers and caring adults. This initiative strives to educate, empower and uplift girls by connecting them to mentors, resources and opportunities that foster healthy lifestyles.
Evidence-based principles and a strength-based approach focus on:
- Education: Increased high school graduation to post-secondary education/career development
- Suicide and Violence Prevention: Recognized effectiveness through United States Department of Justice
- Health: Improved health/Increased positive behaviors/Decrease obesity, illness and teen pregnancy
- Social Responsibility: Civic Engagement, Leadership, Community Service, Alternatives to adjudication
Our purpose is to increase the self-worth, potential and overall well-being of girls largely by elevating their exposure to phenomenal female role models from their own communities and experiences. From surgeons to scientists, engineers to artists the program invites a diverse network of women to engage girls in genuine dialogue, teach vital life skills and help navigate the challenges of being a girl by sharing their own personal pitfalls and triumphs. The goal is to create year round opportunities for participants to connect in ways that foster healthy, asset rich girls who are well prepared to achieve their highest level of success throughout school, post-secondary education, career pursuits and their personal lives.
We invite you to be a part of "Girls Can Do Anything!" 2018. Are you a girl or do you know a girl age 9-17?
Are you a female business owner, artist, or author? Maybe you'd like to host a #GCDA Club or Get-Together!
OVA is expanding into Africa!!
We invite you to join our journey and invest in your legacy as a founding sponsor of "Girls Can Do Anything!" Ghana!!! Every dollar that we raise supports the empowerment of girls from the US to Africa.
Through this sustainable, high-impact collaboration with President Obama's Washington Mandela Fellowship, we will expand our work to produce "Girls Can Do Anything" Ghana! On September 23, 2018, we will travel to Accra with 4 GCDA Ambassadors; train 80 Girls Coordinators over three districts; and engage 300 youth!! You can support this effort by sponsoring a girl in Africa. Support this worthy, life changing cause with a check, PayPal or Facebook fundraiser. What will your legacy be?? "Girls Can Do Anything!" Africa!
The purpose of this project will be to empower girl leaders through a series of powerful forums with a year-round healthy girls initiative, evidence-based curriculum and creative program model. Once complete, we will begin to build a global community connecting hundreds of GCDA Ambassadors in the US and Africa to redefine womanhood and what it means to be a girl! Thank you for your support as a founding partner in this life changing journey. We need you!