Nurturing The Leader In Vulnerable Girls #GirlsWithoutLabels

Empowered 2,100 girls to be financially savvy, digitally capable, and empowered leaders with a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

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Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

Shreya 18 Sahana 13

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Shreya Mantha- Stanford, California Cell:704-699-4257 Sahana Mantha 906 Dacavin Drive Charlotte, NC -28226 Cell : 704-231-0040

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

website : Instagram : @foundationforgirls Twitter: @Foundation4girl Facebook:

Date You Started Your Project Started


Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

"The probability that a child reaches the top quintile of the national income distribution starting from a family in the bottom quintile is 4.4% in Charlotte" - Dr. Raj Chetty -Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States Girls in crisis. between the ages of 7-17, have no resources or caring adults to give them the skills to be self- reliant.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Foundation For Girls a youth-led social venture that works to change the life trajectory of girls in crisis by surrounding them with a 'Circle of Care' and providing them the skills to be financially savvy, digitally capable, and empowered leaders with a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Giving access to opportunities for economic mobility and empowering the girls on their journey to independence.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

"Our parents are our inspiration, and their focus on giving us a strong foundation is where the name “Foundation For Girls” originated. At an early age, our parents encouraged us to actively engaging in our broader community beyond our school, family, and friends, and emphasized the importance of character and core values in realizing our fullest potential. In late 2014, our paternal grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her last wish was that we help vulnerable girls, including those in India. We promised to fulfill that wish and it gave us something to do to keep her memory alive. At that point, we decided to expand our work, and on December 2014, we became a 501(c)(3). We started working with a local non-profit partner and the girls that lived in their shelter and safe home. This experience was pivotal in helping us understand the needs of vulnerable girls in Charlotte.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

We first met Diamond when she was living in a residential home for teen moms and was pregnant. She first went through our Leadership Program. When she was learning about how to be a leader in her own life, learning to journal, and creating a vision board, she expressed her desire to have a home for her daughter. She lost her mother at age 9 and never had a stable home. After she completed the Leadership program, she was referred to the Financial Wellness Program so that she could learn how to be fiscally responsible, budget, and prepare to have her own home. With the support of Foundation For Girls and having caring coaches in her life for the first time, 2 years later, Diamond is a full-time Rehab Technician and is living in her own apartment with her 1 and a half-year-old daughter Rylin. Today, Diamond has an incredible amount of confidence to keep pushing for her goals

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

We change the life trajectory of girls in crisis by surrounding them with a 'Circle of Care' and providing them the skills to be financially savvy, digitally capable, and empowered leaders with a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Our partners provide them the food, shelter, and clothing and we provide them the "Circle of Care" , education and skills to become independent.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

in 4 yrs and 7 months, we have empowered 2,100 girls in crisis with a team of over 65 coaches. Our work has a multiplier effect and therefore, for every teen girl or mom we empower there are three additional lives that are positively impacted,

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

1.We want to be a self-sustainable organization. We also want to generate employment for the teen moms and therefore, we will soon begin a production unit so that these girls can get trained and hired and earn as they gain valuable skills and experience. 2. Continue to build partnerships with residential shelters to expand the reach of the programs.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Marketing Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations over $10k

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • No, I do not identify with an underrepresented community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact


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Great idea! Thank you for doing this!

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