First, we’d like to re-introduce First Philanthropy Fridays as “Profiles Young Black Philanthropy.” Why? Well we’ll tell you. Just about a year ago we began the conversation about defining young black, philanthropy through a panel series. Part of that conversation included what it means to be young, black and giving back. Is it time? Is it money? Is it leadership? Based on the outstanding leaders and organizations started by black millennials we’ve been profiling, it’s clearly all of the above- plus more. So, we’re remixing the First Philanthropy Fridays feature so we are able to feature your work more than just once a month and it will soon live as it’s own section on the site. That said, let’s introduce our newest feature for the “new” Profiles of Young Black Philanthropy.
Often times our kids are limited to cultural experiences that are restricted to their neighborhood block radius. A quick train, bus or metro ride to school and back is all they know. If they are lucky, they might visit a museum or two on a field trip and learn about cultures a world away. But it doesn’t have to be this way – and there is a non- profit in Philly exposing our girls to international travel. Meet Girls Going Global and learn about them though its founder, Martice Sutton.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Mission: To empower African American girls through travel and cultural exchange.
Why was this organization started? “After having the opportunity to travel to many countries I found myself sitting in India wanting to expose other girls like me to all the culture I was experiencing,” shared founder, Martice Sutton.
What was one programmatic highlight for Girls Going Global in the past year?
Our Passport to the World summer camp exposes girls to culture in the city of Philadelphia. Girls meet in the morning and learn the history of the country of the day and then participate in a cultural activity during the activity. A day in India consisted of yoga, belly dance class, and Indian roti!
Since then GGG has afforded 10 girls with their first passports and will be taking them on their first global trip to Toronto, Canada!
Why is it important to expose young African-American girls to different cultures of the world?
As our world rapidly becomes internationally integrated global awareness is a necessity not a luxury. I specifically find it important to expose young African-American girls to different cultures of the world because it’s important for them to realize that where you come from does not determine where you can go. While they may be surrounded by stereotypes of violence and teen pregnancy they need to be aware that there are girls around the world who are faced with greater challenges, that do much more in overcoming obstacles with much less. There is more to the world than your block.
If time and money weren’t an issue, what direction would you like to see Girls Going Global head in?
If time and money were not issues, I would like to see GGG expand it’s impact in three areas.
1. I would like to see the organization increase to 2-4 International Travel Experiences a year that reaches 20-40 girls
2. I would like to see the organization increase passport scholarships to equip a minimum of 50 girls a year with their first passport.
3. I would like to see the organization conduct one summer or fall passport to the world program a year to create cultural experiences for girls in their own cities who cannot travel.
How can you support GGG with your time or donations? Follow them on social media and get in the know!
Twitter @girlsgoglobal | Instagram @girlsgoingglobal