The Backstory

Many of the parents (mainly the mothers) of the girls at the Soronko Academy: West Africa's first coding and human centered design school are discouraging their daughters from learning to code or pursuing further studies in computer science. Why? It’s because they don't understand the value of what they believe is an impractical skill, but also because they believe it will make their daughters delay marriage. When I heard this from the school's founder, Regina Honu, I knew I had found the right partner organization to launch my mentorship program.

Female coders at Soronko Academy

I want to take these smart driven highly ambitious girls on the path towards success and help navigate roadblocks. Whether it's societal myths, familial constraints or self doubt, I want these girls to imagine beyond their current circumstance by giving them role models they can aspire to...and beyond. I want to give them access to the opportunities that they have been preparing for; opportunities that may be few and far between for young Ghanaian girls living in Accra, but opportunities that with the support of a global community can be more easily accessible. If truly your network is your net worth, I want to enrich their lives and future careers with an invaluable global network.

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THE PROJECT

We are raising funds to create Girls MAP; a Mentorship and Advancement Program for high potential girls across Africa. Our program brings talented high ambition women from around Africa, the diaspora, and the world to various African destinations for the experience of a lifetime that includes mentoring and inspiring a new generation of empowered female leaders. We are equipping our mentees (aged 13-19) with the skills and knowledge to not just cope, but thrive in the digital age.

Our program begins its journey in Accra, Ghana July 2018 with 20 girls from the Soronko Academy. Over the course of two weeks, we will assemble local female tech leaders alongside an international group of women to serve as mentors for the cohort. We will explore Accra with them, while passing on nuggets of wisdom, giving them tangible blueprints for success. We will also lead workshops in design thinking, innovation strategy, and foresight to help them prepare for future challenges and ensure their adaptability in the fast-changing technology landscape.

After the two-week program, Girls MAP members will continue to benefit from:

  • Networking with local and global industry leaders

  • Shadowing opportunities with local business leaders

  • One-on-one mentorship sessions

  • University application support

  • Business acceleration programs

  • Internships, scholarships, and fellowships


HOW TO HELP

Support the campaign with a contribution. If you can't afford to give - although no amount is too small, please share with friends.

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Refer participants to join Girls Trip and become a mentor this July in Ghana. Women from all destination are welcome, including women local to Ghana.

If you know any companies whose Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals align with our mission, please refer them to info@girlstrip.tours