Girls need to know they have a voice and can be empowered to make meaningful decisions that will have a positive impact in
their lives. We help girls to find the confidence and the voice.
Young women need to gain the insights
and skills to move them purposefully
towards success in corporate leadership.
We help our ladies to understand & face
the challenges to lead.
Giving back is always important. From
an early age we want to engage the Brave
Hearts in opportunities to give back.
Whether we adopt a senior citizen facility
or an orphanage, we will discover how it
feels to serve and give back to those in need.
Educating young women is the surest way
to provide empowerment. Women can
grow to be the problem solvers and contribute
to improving our world if they are
Research proves that having a mentor is
key to success. 80% of all CEOs admit that
they received some form of mentorship.
We must provide this missing component
if we truly want our girls to be successful.
Service learning provides our girls the
opportunity to develop civic engagement
and interpersonal skills. Service learning is
about application of knowledge.
Fifty percent of employers surveyed globally identify workers with a skills gap to be deficient in soft skills (Hurrell, 2016). Local business partners with the Hampton City Schools & Clayton County Schools confirm the nationwide workforce need for “soft skills” such as motivation, commitment level, and reliability-- people that can work together, have critical thinking skills, and are able to communicate empathy, honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor.
Research indicates the importance of linking school-based learning experiences to real-world challenges and career pathways. Exposure to career paths, particularly in STEM fields where girls have been underrepresented is critical to creating a more equitable workforce. A comparison of student outcomes for academy and non-academy students shows that academy experience increases student engagement, student achievement, and a student’s sense of belonging. Local results are part of an established body of national research that dates back over 30 years and is part of a national grassroots movement to integrate public education more strategically with business and industry.
HOW WE GOT STARTED
The Brave Heart organization empowers young girls to stand tall and take their place in the world accepting responsibility for self and others and recognizing opportunities for growth and self-improvement toward becoming strong students, powerful community advocates and dynamic leaders. Brave Hearts is an experiential educational program for middle school girls. It began in 2015 as local chapter based in Roosevelt, Long Island. Since that time the chapters have moved to Hampton, Virginia and Atlanta, GA. It is through empowerment and enrichment that we ensure strong female leadership for tomorrow. Strong women who take responsibility for self, encourage responsibility in others, and advocate in positive ways.
Brave Hearts uses a model of collaboration, experiential learning and community service to help girls to understand the importance of their voices and what collective voices and advocacy can bring to a school, a community and beyond. Field trips and adult & team mentorships support the weekly meetings in accomplishing goals. Typically groups of 20-25 girls, by grade levels, (6, 7& 8) meet with adult facilitators once a week. In the virtual space this looks a bit different but the structure of the meeting virtually once a week, followed by weekly mentoring conversations reinforce the process. This model has been very effective in exposing learners to collaborative group interactions, community opportunities for career direction, and to teach the soft skills that are so critical in workforce development.
One of the major goals is after three years as a Brave Heart participant, participants will then become a teen mentor within the program.