Keeping the door open and helping others on their climb!

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310 Colonial Rd Edgewater Park, NJ 08010 (862)754-3103

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Website: Instagram: @yesshecancampaign Twitter: @yscampaign Facebook: @yesshecancampaign

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

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways)

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

YesSheCanCampaign addresses a variety of issues through our programs. These issues include obstacles that girls and young women experience while striving to complete their education. Those obstacles include but are not limited to the lack of exposure to opportunities, lack of quality of education, lack of funding to complete their education, and lack of empowerment. We believe that resources and opportunities should not have a price tag.

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

YesSheCanCampaign uses live events and technology to provide educational resources and professional development to girls and young women nationwide. The stories of the girls and young women who are apart of our organization are the heart and inspiration behind the YesSheCanCampaign programs. YesSheCanCampaign five pillars are Education, Service, Opportunity, Advocacy and Empowerment. Our programs touch on college prep, women empowerment, confidence, personal branding, career readiness, finding scholarships and more. Through our innovative programs, we provide girls and young women with resources and opportunities to ensure they can continue to climb despite the obstacles that they may face. Through our work, we discovered that it is important to have girls and young women who have experienced adversity included in non-profit organizations leadership roles. That is why our organization is youth-led run by high school and college students from across the country who all are overcoming adversity.

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

I’m only 21, but I’ve already had many successes—and many obstacles—in my life. In 2015 and 2016, I won two national contests; one included a trip to South Africa with the NBA, and the other a trip to the White House to interview Michelle Obama for Seventeen. But I’ve also had hardships. Growing up in a military family, I’ve seen the effects of war firsthand on my household. I’ve been impacted by the recession, with my mother facing unemployment for part of my life. I’ve been discriminated against and mistreated because I am a young black woman. I’ve experienced the hurdle of not being able to afford a higher education. I also have experience financial hardships. During these times, I often wondered if anyone else was going through similar situations. That’s why my nonprofit YesSheCanCampaign came to life.

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.

Every year our organization host a Sparkle Summit, a conference that empowers youth to use their passions to make a difference and motivate them to continue their education. The summit features inspiring speakers, panel discussions, performances, workshops, service projects and more. Our summit has reached 500+ youth and adults. The summit is open to all youth (5th grade-college). The summit also includes parents and guardians to ensure that they too have the resources to help their child achieve their goals and dreams. We have received positive feedback from our summit. One parent stated, " my daughter has participated in your conference and not only enjoyed it but walked away with so much empowerment, motivation, and knowledge." One student leader stated, " My experience at the summit was very inspiring." Our organization motivates people to achieve their dreams.

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

YesSheCanCampaign is run and led by young people for young people. Our organization empowers and inspires young women and girls to use their stories to make a difference and motivate them to continue their education. We are using our hardships to create an inspiring movement to empower young people to go after their dreams. Our overall approach is to keep the door open and bring others on our climb. We host remote office hours every weekend assisting students on everything. We host events, workshops and conferences providing resources to students. The Climb Is Our Story.

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

YesSheCanCampaign has reached 2,000+ students nationwide. Our organization has volunteered over 10,000+ hours. YesSheCanCampaign has won five national awards. YesSheCanCampaign has won one international award. YesSheCanCampaign is the recipient of the Princess Diana Award 2019 Holder. YesSheCanCampaign has partnered with over 30+ businesses and non-profit organizations nationwide to spread the mission of our organization. We opened two chapters in the U.S.A. We raised over $1,000 to send girls and young women nationwide Mrs.Obama book "Becoming". In addition, this Fall we opened a new program in Washington D.C. in partnership with a local high school and The George Washington University.

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

YesSheCanCampaign recently opened a new program called The Climb Is Our Story, the program provides college preparatory and career readiness skills to Washington D.C. high school students. The program is run by George Washington University students. This is a pilot run, our goal is to open this program with universities and high schools across the nation in the coming years. Our second new program is called The Climb Tour. The Climb Tour is a career immersion program that provides girls, young women and youth with the opportunity to learn about the professional careers in the world. As a part of the program our organization will travel to different cities and states to learn about the different careers in those areas.

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

  • Accounting & Finance

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Donations between $1k-$5k

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

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

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

  • Communities of color
  • Disability community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • T-Mobile page or contact
  • Participated in previous Ashoka challenges

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Hello! This is an awesome and empowering program you a running! I am so inspired by your widespread reach and your yearly conference. Keep doing great work!