How can we help young women in Africa turn into leaders? Jana Kinsey, Executive Director of AfricAid (africaid.org), provides a mentoring program for thousands of young women who have struggled to overcome difficult circumstances in Tanzania.
In this emotional talk she shares how mentors can empower girls to become confident, resilient, inspiring leaders, and how those leaders are changing the world for the better. A good mentor can become part of a girl's support network, but a great mentor helps a girl find the strength within to face and overcome challenges on her own. By providing a space where girls are free to raise their voices, AfricAid is mentoring Tanzanian girls to write a new story for themselves and their communities. Jana guides the strategic vision for AfricAid, an NGO that mentors secondary school girls to complete their education, develop into confident leaders, and transform their own lives and their communities.
With a background in public policy and international human rights, she focuses on girls’ empowerment because of the incredible ripple effect – girls invest in their families, communities, and the world, multiplying the impact of AfricAid’s work.
Jana’s favorite part of her job is working with AfricAid’s Mentors, who pour their hearts into helping young women reach their full potential and create lasting positive change in their communities. She loves mentoring the staff as they develop their professional skills. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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