DreamGirls Academy is a nonprofit organization that is a mentoring program that adopts teenage girls in Grade 11 and 12 from disadvantaged communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town and pairs them up with young professional women between the ages of 25 and 40 for an 8-month structured program. The main objective of the program is to ensure that the girls study further after high school. The program takes place in the form of monthly workshops that both the mentees and mentors attend.
DreamGirls Academy promotes the enrollment and success of young women in institutions of higher education, through the empowering of young women by community role models and leaders. In addition to driving education amongst young female learners the program endeavors to create all-round wellness in teen girls focusing on areas such as, Life Design & Goal Setting, Education, Entrepreneurship & Career, Leadership & Service, Women Wellness and Dignity.
The main objective of the program is to ensure that more girls get educated and study further after high school. Educated women have less risk of dying in childbirth and their children have a better chance of surviving past age 5, Educated women get better work opportunities and pay, making economies more fair and prosperous. Educated mothers are more likely to provide their children with the health care and nutrition. Educated mothers more often decide to send their children to school.
DreamGirls would like to expand to Kwa-Zulu Natal province, in the city of Durban. We would then be targeting mentees from surrounding communities or townships; KwaMashu, Umlazi and Wentworth. These are black and "coloured" townships surrounding Durban town which lack some basic essential services like sanitation and also have a high unemployment rate. The quality of schools in this area is very poor with most school having no access to basic internet or technology services.