Earlier this month, at the Forefront held a virtual #GivingTuesday fundraiser honoring the legacy of Rhonda Staudt and her work with the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) as we gear up to launch the Girls of Color (GOC) Project in 2021.
The virtual fundraiser featured a presentation on our plans for the GOC pilot program from atF co-founder, Evelyn Sallah, as well as special appearances from Daniely Votto from SASEF who spoke to Rhonda Staudt's commitment to young people, spoken word artist Namatsi Lukoye, singer-songwriter Andrew Ngatia, and creative Twatasha Kabwe. It was a special evening to launch an avenue for atF to directly interact with young black girls across the globe facing disparities in gaining access to quality education, career-building opportunities, and mentoring. This past year has seen heightened risk of gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy, and mental health challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 isolation measures. With the GOC Project, we aim to provide platforms encouraging the young black girls in the program to uplift their voices and strategize their own solutions to the growing challenges they face.
Holding space to acknowledge what makes the GOC Project so special was vital to energise our efforts to make it a reality in the coming months. We are thankful to those that tuned in and have donated $5,000 thus far—particularly SASEF and the Staudt family who have donated $4,500. We are still accepting donations on our GoFundMe to make this project a reality.