Our Programs

TRIENNIAL SUMMIT

Our triennial summit is a 3-day program that gathers young sierra Leonean girls to participate in leadership development workshops.

YEAR-ROUND MENTORSHIP WORKSHOPS

A series of workshops led and facilitated by Sierra Leonean women mentors to enhance the learning of girls in the areas of leadership, sexual and reproductive health rights, technology and community development. Mentors also provide year round support to GESL girls.

RISE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

In addition to the mentorship workshops, in 2016, GESL launched a mentorship program which matches influential and professional women leaders in Sierra Leone and the Diaspora with GESL girls to enhance their mentorship experience.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

A yearlong project led by GESL girls within their schools and communities to solve and address pertinent issues important to their peers and communities. Our second year girls focus on community level problems and our fourth year girls focus on national issues.

EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL GRANT AND ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES

A program established to provide emergency support to families represented by GESL girls in the event of crisis and disaster that may particularly impede the education of girls.

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Program Stages

Our program is developed  into 4 stages. Our girls enter into the program at  Junior Secondary School JSS1 level (usually aged 11-13) and leave the program by Senior Secondary Schol SS2 level when they are usually 17-18. 

  • Zahra: This stage is focused on leadership and self development and our girls remaining within this stage for 2 years.

  • Chanua: This stage is focused on mentorship and technology and our girls stay in this stage for one year.

  • Gazania: This stage is focused on community and national development and our girls stay in this stage for two years.

  • Caly Lily: This stage is focused on career development and college readiness and our girls remain in this stage for one year as their final stage period graduating. 

GIRLS EMPOWERMENT SIERRA LEONE

GESL nurtures and enhances the leadership skills of  young girls to become effective advocates and social change agents in their communities.  

 

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GESL is a not for profit community-based organization. The members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and any Employees as well as Partners of GESL shall avoid political affiliations and conflicts of interest which may suggest the appearance of impropriety on the part of the organization.