The DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program which aims to promote the enrollment and success of young women from disadvantaged communities, in institutions of higher learning, through the empowering of young women by community role models and leaders. In addition to driving education amongst young female learners the program endeavors to create all-round wellness in teen girls focusing on areas such as, Life Design, Education, Entrepreneurship & Career, Health & Spiritual Wellness, Etiquette & Grooming and Dignity.
This specific workshop was designed for the young girls to understand the power and value of higher education, explore different career paths and to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career choice. Boston City Campus in Orange Grove played an important role in aiding this workshop. The institution provided a classroom for the day, free computerised career assessment tests and R1500 off any course that the 30 girls may want to study at the institution. The girls were ecstatic.
“I feel so privileged to be a part of the DreamGirls Programs. I love my mentors; they are like big sisters and really care about me. I am motivated and so happy to be learning new things all the time. This program has broadened my horizons and I feel like I can achieve anything that I set my mind to,” says Nwabisi Mnisi.
Speakers for the day included:
Paul Smith (PaulShawSmith)
Motso Taje (YFM)
Josephine Ndambuki (Global Change Leaders)
Lesego Tsethlane (Medical Doctor)
Greer Kyle (Greer Kyle Designs)
Rosette Mogomosti and Nobuntu Busa (Destiny Foundation)
“I am deeply humbled and moved by the actual impact that the DreamGirls program has on the teen girls,” says Ezlyn Barends, Managing Director of the Dad Fund, the administering organisation. “I am blessed to be working with a great team of exceptional young women who serve as mentors to these teen girls. We have already seen a positive change in their attitudes and how they feel about their futures. I am so glad that we started this much-needed venture and would like to see us expanding into other areas and provinces to expose more teen girls to this wonderful program.”
The next DreamGirls SA Workshop will be held in May and will focus on Health and Spiritual Wellness. The DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program will also be launched in the Western Cape, Limpopo and KZN this year.
The DreamGirls Committee Members and Mentors (pictured above) are: Ezlyn Barends, Sade Savings, Mmabatho Mokiti, Marise Mackay, Simamkele Dlakavu, Thembi Lekganyane, Anna Nhlapo, Dikeledi Tlou, Thandeka Ngqumeya, Noelle Ngobeni, Kate Meyer, Amy Caplin and Valencia Kekana.