For the past six years, the Gye Nyame Empowerment Project (GNEP) has worked with community leaders and partners to empower over 600 Pan-African youth and women from the New York City area, supporting participants to love themselves, demand the best, and embrace their full potential.
GNEP develops programs that address real-time challenges in the Pan-African community, focusing on social and emotional health and combating growing youth violence in New York City and around the country. The success of our programs has led to significant expansion in 2013. In September, we hosted a summit in Kingston, Jamaica and launched our first summit focused on Pan-African boys in October! Learn more about the S2S 2013 Youth Summit 2013.
We have gathered some of today’s most influential and respected thought leaders and young professionals to facilitate workshops, perform and speak. These allies and advocates include Susan L. Taylor, Founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement, Ava Duvernay, Filmmaker and Founder of AFFRM, Queen Afua, Author and Wellness Expert, Image Activist Michaela angela Davis, Chrisette Michele, Recording Artist, Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock!, and Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater Soloist.
This work has been possible because of generous supporters, family and friends. In 2013, we earned donations from over 200 individuals! To date, GNEP has produced our programs - often described by participants as transformative and life-altering - without grant or corporate support. While we continue to develop these funding streams, we are clear: we must not wait to address community needs because we are waiting on one big check. WE ARE THE ONES to make a difference. WE ARE THE ONES to change the course of what’s possible for the next generation.
And so, we are requesting your financial support to continue making this work possible. WE ARE THE ONES is the theme for the 7th Annual Sista-2-Sista Youth Summit, kicking off on Friday, March 28th with the full-day program on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.
Why We Need Your Support and What We Do with Your Donation
We need a total of $19,000 to make the Summit possible. The funds provide/cover:
- Food (breakfast, lunch + snack);
- Printed Materials;
- Documentation of the day (pictures and video);
- Gift bags for participants;
- Awards for honorees; and
- Other expenses
Other Ways You Can Support GNEP
We know that everyone isn’t able to provide financial donations, so here are other ways you can support us:
- Become a S2S Outreach Ambassador: spread the word and help get teenagers registered;
- Become a S2S Volunteer Ambassador: support us before, during, or after the summit with logistics and programming;
- Share this campaign with others in your network;
- Inquire about matched giving opportunities with your employer; and
- Ask a corporation or business you know to be a Sponsoring Organization by making a generous financial contribution, providing them with a platform to connect and engage with the girls and attendees.
Your work is an inspiration to the field. GNEP believes that if you empower an individual, you inspire the family. If you inspire the family, you uplift communities. If you uplift communities, you alter the worlds view on humanity. We sincerely hope you will be a part of our community and will consider joining us on March 29th.
Know a Teenager that Should Attend
Please have them register for the 2014 Sista-2-Sista Youth Empowerment Summit. We encourage young women to complete the registration form on their own, but invite you to support them as necessary. WHY? Because SHE is the ONE.
If you are a woman who would like to attend the 2014 Woman-2-Woman Conference, please register here also —> http://bit.ly/1bLmX3h.
About the SISTA-2-SISTA YOUTH SUMMIT
The Sista-2-Sista Youth Summit (S2S) is a two-day empowerment summit connecting 200 high school girls of Pan-African descent from underserved areas across NYC with women making a difference in the areas of media, health and wellness, entertainment, education, and personal growth. Participants engage in workshops, live entertainment, and reflective activities. Utilizing a three step-process of self-awareness, self-appreciation, and self-actualization; the summit equips participants with fundamental tools to make well-informed decisions today and in the future. S2S is held every March during Women’s History Month.
The Woman-2-Woman Conference (W2W) is a series of workshops specifically for adult-female parents, guardians, and chaperones of Sista-2-Sista participants and runs concurrently to S2S. The workshops address the same issues as those discussed with the girls and they serve as training for parents, guardians and chaperones to continue the dialogue with the young women beyond S2S.