BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Girls of Excellence Inc. A.K.A GOE!Atlanta, Georgia
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:Girls of Excellence, Inc. (GOE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides supportive services to girls ages 8-18 in grades 3-12.
Elementary, Middle and High schools (Atlanta, DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Clayton)
Group Homes, and
Our focus areas include:
Group mentoring, Life Skills, Personal Development, and Community service.
Girls participating in the GOE program engage in life-changing experiences, field trips, conferences, events, workshops, cultural activities and are embraced by a comprehensive system of mentors and community partners that are dedicated to supporting them on their journey.
Programming consists of weekly or bi-weekly mentoring sessions combined with activities and experiences that will further expose girls to a plethora of life opportunities that will encourage and motivate them to strive for their excellence.
Our goal is to inspire girls to be their best.
GOE will provide the tools, advice, guidance, and support as they seek to discover their courage to be confident, smart, ambitious, and excellent in any path they choose!
THE STORY:On Mother’s Day 2016, one of my closest friends' niece committed suicide at the young age of 16--such a devastating loss to our family. The day she took her life we began to investigate and searching through her social media accounts. Looking for answers: Why she was in such pain? What was the cause of her taking her life? The little girl that was growing into a beautiful young lady was also the cheerleader, the fashion queen, protector of her little brother, and best friend to her big sister. The overall self-confident young lady that you could not phantom taking her own life.
Unfortunately, her social media posts revealed a person that we did not know. There was a person filled with anger and rage, sadness, lack of self-esteem, and she was participating in self-destructive activities. My mission had become completely changed as I read one of her final social media posts shortly before her taking her life, “I wish I had someone to talk to.”
Girls of Excellence Inc.’s mentoring program offers that someone to talk to, someone that our young girls can talk to when they feel they cannot speak to their family, teachers, or friends.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:
SUCCESS:My definition of success is having a positive impact on others.
LOOKING BACK:Looking back I would advise my younger self to slow down, pay attention, and enjoy yourself more.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Girls of Excellence Inc.