May 17, 2018

And The Youth Shall Lead!

2018 Interns Conducting Outreach Session
2018 Interns Conducting Outreach Session

We continue to keep pushing forward, as there is so much work to be done.  It is a pleasure to connect with you, as we share many goals achieved and progress to be made for the future.

Since we last connected with you our programming has been growing with new girls and even more involvement.

We told you previously what was coming up next and we definitely delivered successfully with the following:

50 MORE WORKSHOP: On International Women's Day where we bridged the gap between gender disparity and gender equity by executing a youth workshop on leadership and ambassadorship.  It focused on generating hearty discussions on sustainable progression for Barbados and the Caribbean. 

Youth are at the forefront of development in any country, and we desire to see them seeing 50 years ahead, and how they as youth should work towards shaping a country, region and world we all would like to see.  Approximately 50 youth were present, and fully engaged, leaving with the drive to move forward as leaders within their communities.

GENERATION Y: We executed our annual four (4) day sleep in Easter Retreat, of building sisterhood, developing mindsets, and aiding with mental stability that transcends in to adulthood. We catered for more than 50 girls within our programming, ages 6 - 16, and aided in highlighting their brilliant minds through drama, creative arts and social causes.

We introduced them to things like: Cheerleading, Self Defense, Business Idea Generation, Stress Management and Knowing Your Legal Rights, while also exposing them to volunteerism through our outreach efforts at a Senior Citizens Home, to bridge the gap between generations.

This is one of our more impactful segments yearly, as our girls enjoy the safe space created to truly learn, share and express their passions, while gaining much needed advice and guidance, in unexpected areas.

What's Happening Now?

We are currently continuing our term time programming with developmental sessions occuring for the girls on a bi-weekly basis.

Additionally, as it is currently Child Month in Barbados, and we have started an outreach project, where we are connecting with up to 1,000 Barbadian Primary School Aged Girls at various schools around the island.  We have executed 1 session thus far, and will be going on later this month to complete 3 others with girls aged 5 - 11.

This is a spin off from the 50 More Project above, and we are using these sessions to focus on Entrepreneurship and Social Impact.

What's Next?

GENERATION Y: We will continue with our bi-weekly girls' club element, and during Summer will execute our programming, on a bi-weekly basis, to keep the girls focused on being better individuals, and more responsible for society.  This summer we will include Job Shadowing Opportunities for the more senior girls, and increase their involvement in the planning of programming for 2019. 

To Conclude:

When we think of mentorship, building capacity and mental health development, we amount that to knowing that youth need us all, and we are right here for them.  With your contributions we are able to be more consistent and active with our girls, and are better able to serve those who truly need, which is all we care about.

Thank you once again for your support, and stay blessed always!

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Feb 20, 2018

Progress Made... Still Some Ways To Go!

We are on our way, and have been making strides with our project, and we firstly must say thank you to all of you who have contributed.

We have been able to introduce parts of our programmes for 2018, thus far, and ensure we keep at least 15 vulnerable girls in Barbados sustained over the past two (2) months.  However, of course there is so much more that can be done, and way more girls that can be served... all it takes is a bit of encouragement to your peers, colleagues, friends, and families.

This year we have exposed the girls to friends and sisters from across the United States; i.e. building cross borders linkages that allow for development in understanding new cultures, and are working to build growth within our network, that allows our girls to never feel behind others.

What's Next?

50 MORE WORKSHOP: On International Women's Day we will be bridging the gap between gender disparity and gender equity by executing a youth workshop on leadership and ambassadorship, which will focus on generating hearty discussions on sustainable progression for Barbados and the Caribbean.  Youth are at the forefront of development in any country, and we desire to see them seeing 50 years ahead, and how they as youth will work towards shaping a country, region and world we all would like to see.

GENERATION Y: We will be executing our annual four (4) day sleep in Easter Retreat, and are currently preparing to execute a dynamic long weekend of building sisterhood, developing mindsets, and aiding with mental stability that transcends in to adulthood.  This is one of our more impactful segments yearly, as our girls enjoy the safe space created to truly learn, share and express their passions, while gaining much needed advice and guidance.

To Conclude:

When we think of mentorship, building capacity and mental health development, we amount that to knowing that youth need us all, and we are right here for them.  With your contributions we are able to be more consistent and active with our girls, and are better able to serve those who truly need, which is all we care about.

Thank you once again, and stay blessed always!

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May 24, 2017

You Are Apart of Our History: Thank You!

Beneficiaries having fun while learning as a team!
Beneficiaries having fun while learning as a team!

Firstly, we must say once more: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

You would not believe the amount of impact that has been generated, thus far.  Various levels of hope has been provided to the girls through your assistance.  Since this campaign ended with us successfully hitting our target, thanks to you our donors, we have been able to:

  1. Feed approximately fifty (50) girls through our feeding programme for a period of two (2) months, thus far.  These contributions could not have come at a better time, because exams have started for many transitioning out of school, and will soon start for others aiming to go up another grade.  Lack of food and nurishment is a huge concern for us, as we know studying on an empty stomach is counter productive.
  2. Conduct two (2) training sessions, thus far, on personal and professional branding, and aiding in them receiving valuable information for progression in their paths to success.  Areas such as: health and grooming, attitudes and personalities for work, entrepreneurship, developing core values and skills, online presence and social media management, for example, were at the forefront of our training curriculum.  We now have girls more confident in the process of finding employment and/or seeking out opportunities of development.
  3. The STEAM careers showcase and workshop is in the planning stages, and many of the girls interested in anime, and engineering are excited to learn more.  Many are being told by parents and guardians that they need to be more realistic, and anime, for example, is not a real job to work towards, because people in Barbados never get those kinds of opportunities.  We aim to ensure they understand and believe differently.
  4. Assist 80 girls; thus far, with being paired to a highly skilled, and trained mentor, who will constantly report back to the organisation as to the progress being made with the girls.  Next month we will conclude connecting the girls with mentors.  Many of the girls paired has one or more parents who has died and/or not taking responsibility for them, and they genuinely feel like society has failed them.  This level of encouragement is important for us to ensure that they know they are safe and our mentors appreciate their effort and openness.

 

Testimonial:

Many of our girls are struggling to find themselves, or understand why them because of their circumstances.  One of our mentees felt the need to share with you her journey in a nutshell, and her most resent success through our programme:

"I was touched inappropriately when I was younger by my older cousin.  The only reason I am willing to share that is because I only realised it after a development session conducted by I Am A Girl.  I never thought I was part of any statistic, and it made me think of all the times I myself downplayed what other girls were going through.  Then I realised I was that girl, and am that girl.  It was then also I realised that I had a choice, either be silent and let it eat at me, or fight and help other girls come through it knowing they are not alone.  I may not have much to offer, but my mentor says differently.  She believes in me, which makes me believe in myself.  I don't have a mother, but I was not going to allow that to stop me.  I am hungry many days at school and hide it out of shame, but I know now the more I study the more food I will be able to get for myself later.  I am 16 and applied for a scholarship, and with the help of my mentor, with the application and reference, I was successful.  I am so excited, but also scared.  I really do not know what I would do without her guidance.  All I know is I will not be my past, no matter what has happened."

 

Our Next Steps:

We are excited to share also that we are in the process of looking for a building to house our sessions and call home to the organisation.  We want to take our support for the girls a step further in creating a safe space for them, and with the continual rise of run-aways due to abuse, teen pregnancy from rape, dependancy and incest, and prospitution and sex trafficking due to girls coming out of children's homes and institutions with no healthy environment to turn, we desire to create a transitional home that houses girls, while teaching valuable skills to move on and be productive citizens of Barbados.

 

We are ready to grow our impact and would love for you to stay in touch!  To receive more updates on our work, how your donations thus far, and possibly in the future will continue to benefit our girls, subscribe to our mailing list via www.iamagirlbarbados.com. 

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