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Fund Education of 200 Vulnerable Girls in Barbados

by I AM A GIRL BARBADOS
Fund Education of 200 Vulnerable Girls in Barbados

What Have We Been Up To?

Firstly, thank you for all your support, for those of you donating on a regular basis, to all new donors, who have complimented our work for this period.

To give you a quick update, in the past few weeks we have completed:

  1. Summer Internships came to a close; however, of the three (3) interns we had this year, one (1) outstanding young lady got an opportunity to stay on and work with us.  She is now leading our Social Media arm, and currently taking ownership of the planning for Summer Programming 2020. 
  2. On the International Day of the Girl Child 2019, we celebrated our 5th official anniversary, which we were super excited about.  As part of that celebration, which we will be continuing until October 2020, we got an opportunity to lift up five (5) outstanding girls in our Generation Y Programme.  They were selected by the girls working in our team, presented with gifts from them directly, and in the coming month will become the recipients of small grant scholarships to assist with school.
  3. During our celebration period we took the entire month of October, to uplift and empower girls throughout various schools on the island.  Of the five (5) schools visited, two (2) were at the primary level (5-11) and three (3) were at the secondary level (11-18).  We focused on the theme, 'Leading through Brand Building', which placed focus on Personal Development, Personal Branding and Leadership as the foundation for success.

We have some absolutely amazing donors, like yourselves, that have held us up, and we will continue to highlight you, going in to another five (5) years of existence.


Where Are We Going?

In the last few months we will be starting a few initiatives, previously stated, as listed below:

  • We have built new partnerships with like minded organisations within the Caribbean, as we will be continuing to expand our reach to girls regionally.  As such we are now leading the development of a regional collective, going in to 2020, and are super excited to share more details when that launches.
  • Our Podcast has had to be delayed; however, we are still planning to get that under way for the benefit of our community.  This will give you an opportunity to listen to a few of our girls speak openly and honestly about their challenges.  Feel free to stay closely connected to our social media and website, for further details on its launch.


How Can You Continue To Help?

We of course, continue to welcome your collaboration and support.  Some ways you can continue to get involved are:

  1. Spread the word with family, friends, co-workers and associates, who may have resources to offer.  This may be done via social media, e-mail, direct conversation.  You know them best!
  2. Work with us by offering your expertise, skills and experiences, that would allow us to grow and learn in fundraising, advocacy and/or any other areas required for growth.
  3. Become a recurring donor, if you have not done so already, where your continual support, aids with sustaining our initiatives.
  4. Complete a good deed each week, whether for girls or youth in general, as it adds tremendous value to their development, as we are at our optimum when we are in service to others.

As we start to close out 2019 and build different chapters in I Am A Girl, we look forward to having you, our community, previous, current and new partners, and stakeholders on board to help us learn, develop and prosper.

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What Are We Up To Now?

Firstly, thank you for all your support, for those of you donating on a regular basis, to all new donors, who have complimented our work for this period.

To give you a quick update, in the past few weeks we have completed:

  1. Summer Programming is almost over, where we were able to cater to more than 150 girls within our Generation Y Programme.  They not only got opportunities to learn and grow, but your contributions assisted with food and essentials for adolescent girls, that benefited their hygiene directly.

  2. Our just concluded Legacy Fellowship Initiative with our partner Soca Girls Rock was an awesome success, and spilt in to summer, whereby both participants were able to benefit from internships within the organisation. They both benefited from areas of focus such as: Team Work Development, Presentations Skills, Girls' Programming Structure, Project Budgeting, Project Planning, and Professional Development.  We look forward to hearing more about their growth, post-internship, as they move on to furthering their education, with our support.

  3. Summer Internships has been great so far.  We were able to cater to three (3) other adoledcent girls in the process, by providing them with paid internship opportunities, which followed similar areas of focus, as above, but also has been aiding with their financial awareness and savings plans.  We are super excited to see how the remainder of summer goes and their growth in the process.

As we also continue our count down to our official 5th Anniversary celebrations, with activities being planned to champion our on-going partners, past and present, just like you, we look forward to sharing more details about what we have in store.

We have some absolutely amazing donors, like yourselves, that have held us up, and we will continue to highlight you, going in to another five (5) years of existence.


Where Are We Going?

In the last few weeks we will be starting a few initiatives, as listed below:

  • We are in the process of building new partnerships with like minded organisations and individuals within the Caribbean, as we look to expand our reach to girls regionally.  As more is developed, going in to 2020, we will be sure to let you know, what are some other ways you and/or your network can get involved.
  • Our Podcast is aiming to be launch in October, during our 5th Anniversary Celebrations, which will give you an opportunity to listen to a few of our girls speak open and honestly about their challenges.  Feel free to stay closely connected to our social media and website, for further details on its launch.


How Can You Continue To Help?

We of course, continue to welcome your collaboration and support.  Some ways you can continue to get involved are:

  1. Spread the word with family, friends, co-workers and associates, who may have resources to offer.  This may be done via social media, e-mail, direct conversation.  You know them best!
  2. Work with us by offering your expertise, skills and experiences, that would allow us to grow and learn in fundraising, advocacy and/or any other areas required for growth.
  3. Become a recurring donor, if you have not done so already, where your continual support, aids with sustaining our initiatives.
  4. Complete a good deed each week, whether for girls or youth in general, as it adds tremendous value to their development, as we are at our optimum when we are in service to others.

As we continue throughout 2019 and building different chapters in I Am A Girl, we look forward to having you, our community, previous, current and new partners and stakeholders on board to help us learn, develop and prosper.

Links:

What Are We Up To Now?

Firstly, thank you for all your support, for those of you donating on a regular basis, to all new donors, who have complimented our work for this period.

To give you a quick update, in the past few weeks we have completed:

  1. 50 More Youth Conference, where the initiative, with your help, has gone regional, with both St. Lucia and Dominica accomplished.
  2. Generation Y Easter Retreat for 2019, where more than 40 girls slept in for four (4) nights, and we expanded our sisterhood bond during that time.
  3. Just recently we concluded Generation Y Girls' Club for the school year, and will be focused on Summer Programming going forward.
  4. Our Legacy Fellowship Initiative with our partner Soca Girls Rock is well underway, and will fully conclude during summer, where two (2) of the fellows will intern at our office during that period.
  5. The pilot programme, at one of our leading school partners, is semi-complete and their final presentations on Mental Health, will take shape later next month.

As we also continuing our count down to our official 5th Anniversary celebrations, with activities being planned to champion our on-going partners, past and present, just like you.

We have some absolutely amazing donors, like yourselves, that have held us up, and we will continue to highlight you.


Where Are We Going?

In the last few weeks we have either started or will be starting quite elements to this project, as listed below:

  • We will be starting a podcast in the coming months to highlight major issues girls face, and one of our more senior mentees will be taking lead in this.  Our aim is for our girls to leverage technology to have their voices be heard.
  • Capacity Building through travel, where some mentees have already been able to travel, who never got a chance to, thanks to you, and we are on the verge of one other travelling to Canada in a few weeks, where she will sit on a panel, and represent the organisation and her country on the area of Sexual Reproductive Health. 


How Can You Continue To Help?

We of course, continue to welcome your collaboration and support.  Some ways you can continue to get involved are:

  1. Spread the word with family, friends, co-workers and associates, who may have resources to offer.  This may be done via social media, e-mail, direct conversation.  You know them best!
  2. Work with us by offering your expertise, skills and experiences, that would allow us to grow and learn in fundraising, advocacy and/or any other areas required for growth.
  3. Become a recurring donor, if you have not done so already, where your continual support, aids with sustaining our initiatives.
  4. Complete a good deed each week, whether for girls or youth in general, as it adds tremendous value to their development, as we are at our optimum when we are in service to others.
  5. Share some ideas you may have, with how we can celebrate our official 5th Anniversary coming up (October 2019).  It is always great to hear different perspectives, especially from our dedicated Champions of Impact.


As we continue throughout 2019 and building different chapters in I Am A Girl, we look forward to having you, our community, previous, current and new partners and stakeholders on board to help us learn, develop and prosper.

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What Are We Up To Now?

Crazy how times flies, doesn't it.  We are so grateful you have held us up for this long, and could not be happier to have you as part of our community.  We could not have gotten here without you, and we are truly appreciative of your support thus far.

So much has been happening over the past few weeks to months.  Many upgrades, changes and adjustments.

As we start to count down to our official 5th Anniversary celebrations, we just wanted to share a few highlights of new and excited changes within I Am A Girl.

  1. We now have a new home base, which continues to create a safe space for girls and houses our main programming elements, you support.
  2. We have increased our team members and mentors pool, which means persons are strategically in place to help grow our operational capacity and support our beneficiaries.
  3. We have expanded our 50 More Leadership Programme regionally, using S.T.E.A.M, where we duplicated our youth conference in St. Lucia, for Human Rights Day 2018, and we will be doing the same in Dominica during April 2019.
  4. We have some absolutely amazing donors, like yourselves, that have held us up, and we will continue to highlight you.

 

Where Are We Going?

In the last few weeks we have either started or will be starting quite elements to this project, as listed below:

  • A legacy fellowship, which will see mentee representatives trained and conducting Mental Health research and showcases on a peer to peer basis.
  • A programming pilot conducted every Tuesday, after school, for this term, at a local secondary school, lead by past mentees and peer leaders, based on the principles laid out in the Generation Y Girls' Club model.
  • An internship opportunity, or a few, for mentees within the organisation, to learn from within about how social enterprises operate.
  • A series of job shadowing opportunities, with varying corporate sector partners in Barbados, to assist with expanding the vision of our girls.
  • Capacity Building through travel, where some mentees will have opportunities to travel for a cause and establish more comprehensive understandings of life, through first time experiences. 


How Can You Help?

We of course, continue to welcome your collaboration and support.  Some ways you can continue to get involved are:

 

  1. Spread the word with family, friends, co-workers and associates, who may have resources to offer.
  2. Work with us by offering your expertise, skills and experiences, that would allow us to grow and learn in fundraising, advocacy and/or any other areas required for growth.
  3. Become a recurring donor, if you have not done so already, where your continual support, aids with sustaining programming.
  4. Complete a good deed each week, whether for girls or youth in general, as it adds tremendous value to their development, as we at our optimum when we are in service to others.
  5. Share some ideas you may have, with how we can celebrate our official 5th Anniversary coming up (October 2019).  It is always great to hear different perspectives, especially from our dedicated Champions of Impact.

As we start a brand new year and chapter in I Am A Girl, we look forward to having you, our community, previous, current and new partners and stakeholders on board to help us learn, develop and prosper.

 

As usual on behalf of the entire I Am A Girl Barbados Community and the Board of Trustees, we thank you for your service and support; until we connect with you again.  Stay blessed!

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Where We Are At?

With your amazing donations, we have been progressing our teachings of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact across schools, communities and groups in Barbados.

We must say; however, that our targeted numbers had to be reduced by approximately 40%, at this stage, due to our low turnover of funds.

Otherwise, our feedback from our girls has increased our confidence, that we are on the right path, towards multiple breakthroughs.  Below are a few comments we've heard:

"This programme has shaped my life and the way I think about being an adult."

"I really like this; it's like heaven to me.  Honestly, I never feel like going back home."

"Sometimes I wish I could be with this group more; it feels like family."

We love these girls, and know that how we make them feel, share and learn is priceless, and unmatched to how much they take away.  This could not be possible without you; thank you!!! 

 

Where We Desire To Be?

We are currently in the process of building our capacity, to allow us to be able to serve these and more girls, in a much different way.

Run-aways, Depression, Self-Harm, Neglect and Abuse are major components we aim to reduce and/or eradicate, for the sake of our girls.

We are using our programming to build leaders, locally and regionally, and with our two (2) primary programmes: Generation Y and 50 More Initiative, we have been achieving this with more than 300 students. 

We desire to bring regional and international talent and experts to our island, to further develop their desire for growth and enhancement.

Otherwise, we desire to take our programmes to the next level by creating a safe space transitional home for those vulnerable and 'at risk' girls, who have no where else to turn.  There is no space like this in the Caribbean, and we want this ground-breaking exercise to propel sustainable livelihoods for all.

We desire to be a preventative programme, that produces stable and mentally able adults, and that for us starts with youth.  We will update you in the coming months, as this develops.

 

How Can You Help?

Share with your friends, family, co-workers, and associates.  You know them best, and you're better able to express to them why our project is just as important to you, as it is to us.

It would be a pleasure to have you come on board as a recurring donor, if you haven't already done so.  We appreciate all your support so far, and know you will make all efforts to contribute continually.

Remember our girls, as you continue to do good, and pass on your good gestures to another person, as you make the most of your life.

 

We look forward to connecting again soon.  Stay blessed!!!

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I AM A GIRL BARBADOS

Location: Bridgetown, Caribbean - Barbados
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Project Leader:
Alian Ollivierre
Bridgetown, Caribbean Barbados
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