VISION & VALUES
The Mission of Project Girl Mentoring Program is to foster the advancement of young women of color to make positive life choices and to maximize their authentic potential.
Project Girl Mentoring Program is committed to creating change and building the voices of young women of color. We envision a community in which every young woman is empowered to make informed decisions, establish healthy relationships and be self-sufficient. Through mentorship, we nurture her goals, aspirations, and ambitions. We encourage her to flourish into her full potential.
"In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.... a mentor helps the person interpret the world."
We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful...We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, but for attention.
~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
OUR IMPACT & WHY YOUNG WOMEN OF COLOR?
In the United States, girls and young women of color face deep-seated disparities. From birth, girls of color are more likely to face poverty than white girls: over 60% of girls of color are born to families living on low incomes or below the poverty line. They’re also more likely to suffer child sexual abuse, be sexually harassed on the street and at school, and experience dating violence. Distinct differences in the ways in which class, race, immigration status, sexual identity, youth, and other identities intersect in the lives of girls of color also drive unique disparities. Black girls, for example, are six times more likely to be suspended in school than their white peers. Native American girls experience the highest rate of physical assault by an intimate partner. Twenty-two trans women and girls were murdered in 2015, with women and girls of color making up a disproportionate number of the victims.
~Pamela Shifman, NoVo Foundation.
Girls of color hold tremendous power to act as agents of change.
Investing in them is essential to the future of our community and country.
Get In Touch
Project Girl Mentoring Program
4114 198th Street SW Suite 1
Lynnwood, WA 98036
PGMP is a 501(c)(3) organization, with Federal tax exempt status. Our Federal Tax ID is 46-2731337.
As a mentoring program, we know we can't do it alone. Our program succeed because of the efforts of our entire community and its supporters. We hope that you will join us in out efforts to uplift the young women of color in our community.