FUTURE LEADERS IN

THE MAKING

Our Future Leaders in the Making training series aims to inspire girls and young women so that they can find their power and become confident leaders. Designed for ages 14-25, our Future Leaders are paired with mentors from their community who will help them identify their purpose and create attainable goals.

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Minority young women encounter challenges everywhere. They not only share their

communities’ struggles over limited resources and systematic discriminations. Young women

deal with the pressure to fit in as well as other social problems.

Yet minority young women possess the individual and collective power to change their lives,

their communities and the world we live in. Just as they face daily challenges, young women are

continually developing innovative, effective ways to improve their lives. By mentoring and

nurturing their wisdom and creativity, young women can realize and achieve their dreams.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

Advocacy Efforts

We engage in advocacy that focuses on the needs of girls and young women from minority

communities and girls who face multiple, intersectional challenges such as those based on class,

ethnicity, disability, gender, immigration status, race and religion.

 

Education: Pathways to Success

We help the participants to understand the importance of education. That finishing school and

getting college level education is the path to their future self. That difficulties are to be expected

and signal that getting good grades is important. The programs also provide opportunities for

future career exploration.

 

Building Confidence & Overcoming Self-doubt

In order to overcome negative thoughts, we encourage young women to find their authentic self,

which will allow them not only to see their future but to have faith in their thoughts and

opinions. We believe that young women are more likely to succeed when their passions and

ideas are supported, especially when their supporters help them cultivate a sense of purpose. In

this program we address intergenerational cultural dissonance and we coach the participants to

know their value and embrace their background. We also cover issues with gender roles and

expectations.

 

How to Identify Harmful Behaviors and Abuse

We help the participants to recognize the signs of bullying and other forms of abuses. We coach

them to decode the messages they are exposed to such as media influence on body image. The

program highlights the importance of self-care for young women.

 

Communication Skills

Developing effective communication skill help young women feel inspired. In this program the

participants will learn the benefit of good presentation skills and public speaking. They get

exposed to the fundamentals of what makes a successful presentation while addressing the

specific challenges women face when speaking up. We also train the participants the way they

communicate with an individual or audience should be influenced by the interlocuter’s cultural

norms, faith and other social factors.

 

Financial Literacy

Good credit is key to future financial success. Teaching financial capability is important because

youth are increasingly facing higher levels of debt. The program introduces the participants to a

more formal instruction on money matter such as saving, spending and the importance of

focusing on short-term goals (buying an item, saving money, paying off a debt) to be able to get

to long-term financial goals (saving for college, buying a house).

 

THIS MENTORSHIP COMES IN THE FORM OF:

Gaining practical real-world knowledge through meeting and talking with women leaders from a

broad array of roles and sectors.

Engaging in reflective activities to gain insight into personal leadership strengths, styles and

development opportunities

Networking with young women who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities.

Learning about feminine leadership, how to deal with gender inequality, and turning challenges

into opportunities from accomplished women in their communities.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

 

We will be accepting applications from young women who are currently enrolled in high school

or in college. Must be a young woman between the ages of 16- 24. Must commit to 5 hours

twice a month for six months. Minor participants will need their parents or guardian signature.

 

Application Process

In order to be considered for this program, please fill out the informational questions below.

You will be sent a response via email as to whether you have been accepted to the program

Number of participants selected: 7-10

APPLICATION DATES:

Open Date: December 1 st , 2020

Close Date: January 4 th , 2021

Program starts February 1 st , 2021

 

Women who are interested in participating as a mentor or special guest can also email

info@ayadaleads.org for consideration.

Future Leaders Program
Applicant Contact Information

Empowering Women From

The African Diaspora to have

their voices heard. We are a nonpartisan civic leadership organization that supports political inclusion and promotes gender equality!

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