Girls Empowerment and Leadership (GELI)
provides immigrant girls ages 13-24 years
the academic and social support they need to ease their transition into a new country, a new school system, and adulthood. In New York City, the program provides the following services:
1. Academic and Educational Support: We work with immigrant high school students, particularly English Language Learners (ELLs) with limited or interrupted formal schooling (SIFE), who have never attended school prior to their arrival and/or who are struggling to earn high school credits to graduate. GELI provides intensive academic support during school hours and after school.
Leadership Development: Built upon a foundation of asset-based and gender-focused youth development, the program employs theater and the arts to enhance the following skills:
- LEADERSHIP in school, community and at home;
- VOICE by encouraging young women to speak out/up and express themselves in and outside of the classroom); and
- CULTURAL NEGOTIATION by building skills to negotiate cultural nuances and conflicts with integrity.
- Comprehensive Case Management: We support immigrant girls with school enrollment, referrals and accompaniment to social services, medical care, and emergency counseling. The program aids in integrating students back into family life and schooling after being separated. Lastly, GELI helps immigrant girls and their families find the appropriate resources to address the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives.
Forced Early Marriage;
Access to Reproductive and Sexual Health Information & Services;
Support for married youth.
Research/Technical Assistance/Training: GELI provides technical assistance and training based on original and participatory research. The purpose is to engage immigrant youth, educators, researchers, activists, social workers, policy makers, social service agencies, and community-based organizations in a deeper exploration of the overlapping issues inherent in immigration, gender and youth.The program comprehensively weaves together a network of support vital to the successful adjustment of immigrant African girls to the United States.
GELI currently operates in the following schools:
Bronx International High School, Bronx, NY (since 2007)
International High School at Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (since 2008)
International Community High School, Bronx, NY (since 2009)
Urban Science Academy, Brooklyn, NY (since 2011)
Requesting GELI at your school
If you would like to collaborate with Sauti Yetu by bringing the program to your school, please contact the Program Director Ms. Ramatu Bangura by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 718-665-2486, ext. 220.