Monday, September 6, 2010

PAGEI-Pan African Girls Empowerment Institute -STARTING

The day we have been waiting for is fast and approaching! We will start the sessions for Pan African Girls Institute on September 18, 2010.
Time: 2-5pm
Place: Cultural Wellness Center-1527 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

We invite you to be part of this exciting opportunity. Here are some information from coordinators of the Institute.

About the Institute:

Who are we?

Pan African Girls Empowerment Institute is an extension of Resources for the Enrichment of African lives. Founded in February 2010, the institute was organized under the watch full eyes of an elder, the CEO of Resources for the

Enrichment of African Lives (REAL), and with the help of young women who are committed to the vision and

mission of the institute. The curriculum was established based on the analysis of the needs of girls of African Ances-

try in America. The sessions offered by the institute will be taught by committee members who have wide range of educational back ground and different areas of expertise.


“Create partnership built on Mutual interest for the growth and advancement of girls of African ancestry in the United States and REAL girls (resources for Enrichment of African lives), to address issues important to these young girls,

their families and communities”

What do we do?

We aim to foster the growth and development of girls and young women by offering a broad curriculum, hands

on experience with professionals in their fields of interest, as well as an opportunity to be involved with local,

national and international communities while developing future leaders.

The curriculum offers :

**Cultural self-awareness

**Healthy relationships

**Community involvement

**Home life

**Personal finance

**School success and career


The program will start on September 2010 to May 2011. The winter session of the program goes from September 18th

2010 to December 4th 2010 with a break from December to January and the spring session will start February 5th 2011 to April 16th 2011. The sessions will take place twice a month on Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm at the Cultural Wellness Center located at 1527 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Each subject will be instructed by qualified individuals and elders.

What will you gain from the


Our goal is for girls and young women who have completed the program to re- connect with traditional African values,

while strengthening their capacity to achieve success in all walks of life. The experiences gained through

participation in the program will allow them to give back to community locally and internationally.


To create a ladder of diverse knowledge that will allow young girls of African ancestry to be self-aware; accomplished

and involved women who have the capacity to become great leaders.


Who is Eligible?

The institute is looking for 25-30 girls between the ages of 12 to 18 years with African ancestry who are motivated to

learn and share. Each girl must currently be enrolled in school. Parental permission and commitment is an important part of the program.

Letter for new and former recruits from the co-chairs:

Pan African Girls

Empowerment Institute

(PAGE Institute)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dear Participant and Parent,

Congratulations on your recent selection to attend the Pan-African Girls Empowerment Institute (PAGE-Institute).

The institute will commence on Saturday, September 18th 2010 at the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis at 2.00 p.m. Enclosed, please find a copy of the curriculum schedule and the institute’s brochure as well as an application.

If you have not done so, please complete the enclosed application and bring it with you on the September 18th 2010. You will not be able to participate without an application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

We are excited that you will be joining PAGE Institute and we look forward to seeing and getting to know you more.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at the numbers listed below.



Derartu Abera Esthella Thorpe

612-840-1562 763-442-2589

Registration form ( fill out the form and bring it to the first session)

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

Last First MI


City State Zip


Grade Complete:

Middle School______

High School________

College Level_______

Name and address of school attending___________________________________________________


In case of emergency contact


Address ______________________________________________________________________

Phone _____________________ Relationship___________________________

Applicant's Parent/Guardian Signature___________________________ Date_______________

If you have questions please contact

Co-chair Co-chair

Derartu Abera Estella Thorpe

612-840-1562 763-442-2589

We Look forward to see you at the event.