UB4Girls is a mentoring and role modeling program for young girls between the ages of 8 and 18 years.
How it Works.
Compassionate, cultured, dedicated ladies serve as mentors to young Continental African girls enrolled in grade school. Mentors provide positive psychosocial relationship to young girls.
The mentors must be above 21 years old, not have a criminal background or a record that is considered contrary to community standards of justice or moral norms. Each young girl is signed up for the program by a parent or legal guardian.
Our innovative activities are building blocks that promote the creation of positive goals and self- directed learning by the young girls.
The principal role of the mentor is to guide the young girl in linking the objectives of a goal to personal development, social competency, moral reasoning, academic skills, self-confidence, exposure to new options, risk-reduction, tolerance of others who may be different and appreciation for peaceable environments.
The objectives may be singular or a combination of objectives. The process incorporates character development, social, cultural, spiritual and academic growth to foster the holistic development a balanced girl child becoming a productive member of society.
It could be checking homework, taking a trip to the museum, counseling on social etiquette, filing out application for college, driving the young charge to a function or spending quality time, guiding the young girl in a nurturing environment and constructive interaction will enable the child to make informed choices for success because they have experienced the values through hands-on examples from their mentors.
Brightening Weekend Camp
Young girls will plan age-appropriate projects that exemplify their goals and objectives. They will have creative outlets to their skills during special events in the community.
With a motivational guest speaker, once every two months from Friday evening to Saturday morning, young girls come together for an evening of recreational and interactive learning that explore a theme and topic on MAKE IT:
Individuals & Teams.
MAKE IT provide a motivating setting to:
1) Express values and share knowledge.
2) Discuss news, events and lessons in the
community: What is happening?
3) Learn and apply interpersonal
skills in team building, social competencies and conflict resolution.
4) Engage in recreational activities that foster social awareness and cultural
5) Nurture personal confidence and physical grooming.
6) Reinforce positive lessons from real life situations.
5) Exemplify risk-reduction skills
6) Encourage collaboration and goodwill among participants and patrons
7) Girls Talk!
Domestic Sciences: Girls from 3rd
through 5th grades.
Home Economics: Girls from 6ththrough 10th
Society Living: 11th and 12th grade
Environmental influences and cultural dichotomies affect impressionable youths of all races, ethnic, and religious orientations.
With the growing population of young girls in the Continental African community and no community resources dedicated to their welfare, the negative impacts will remain unaddressed without organized efforts. We encourage partnerships with other organizations serving the target population.
UB4Girls is a pioneer program specifically tailored to encourage young girls to bring their goals to fruition and channel their passions toward positive paths.
Links to cultural heritage and traditions that enable enduring values are vital. Children who interact regularly with adults with the benefits of multi-generational bonding experience a stable sense of adult care.
From an informal, volunteer outreach, the growing demand is driven by reality: in fast paced America, it is practically difficult to maintain the African village concept of raising a child who can excel, even if the parents do not have the resources or time, with help of extended networks of family and friends.
Based on the US Department of Justice, "few studies have examined which girls become delinquent or why; and little is known about how well girls respond to interventions that have been traditionally designed with boys in mind."
The Girls Study Group—Charting the Way to Delinquency Prevention for Girls provides information on the founding of the United State's Office of Juvenile Justice Development Program (OJJDP)'s Girls Study Group designed to conduct research and publish findings. By 2004, 30% of juvenile arrest were females.
Today, girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system with black females disproportionately represented among delinquent girls; two-thirds are girls of color. The majority have been subjected to some form of emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse.
The findings from the September 2009 study "Report on High Risk Girls and Gender-Specific Programming," was commissioned by The Girls' Initiative of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. The findings provide light on a segment of society that is frequently overlooked and under-served: high risk girls whose actions lead to incarceration.
Results from community-based participatory research conducted from 2007 and 2010, indicate that young girls without adequate guidance and unconditional support are vulnerable to with peer pressures and many opportunities for mischief. The is especially so with latchkey children who come home from school without quality adult attention or no adult at home. Some of the adults work around the clock, sometimes coming home when the children are supposed to be sleeping. At other times, domestic violence destabilizes the home.
The young girls left to take care of themselves may fall through the cracks when they seek social validation and love in all the wrong places.
The vices range from asocial and uncivilized conducts to promiscuity, teenage pregnancies, prostitution, substance abuse. Some of the young girls are victims of their circumstances and preys to sexual abuses, moral exploitation from adults.
Unfortunately, in their needs to belong, they chose the wrong and risky methods and negate attempts at constructive interactions. It may take someone who cares to listen to steer her on the right path. .
Missed opportunities to make the right choice may come at tremendous expense. However, a guiding hand and embracing heart may generate positive chain reactions for a life-long difference in life of a young girl.
Some of the young girls are determined to succeed. That is why your support counts.