Fannie Lou Hamer Institute fosters understanding, respect, and civic engagement among other leaders. Leadership development expands the capacity of individuals to perform leadership roles within organizations. Leadership roles facilitate the execution of a strategy by building alignment and growing the capabilities of others. In the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, students will participate in workshops, community service activities, team-building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and leadership development activities. The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute is a (4) month leadership program beginning the 2022-2023 academic school year. Our primary focus is advocacy and social action.
For Brown Girls, Inc. believes that youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development will be promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.
Interested youth scholars must be:
The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute is committed to creating positive environments that empower, inspire, and educate all teens to discover and maximize their unique leadership potential and embrace everyone's diversity and equal value.
"Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over." ~ Fannie Lou Hamer
For Brown Girls, Inc. Program Goals:
Psychological and emotional development
Introducing the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute as our new initiative will recognize youths' strengths and promote positive development rather than address isolation risks. Youth who are constructively involved in learning and doing and connected to positive adults and peers are less likely to engage in risky or self-defeating behaviors.
As children move through their developmental stages, they acquire a set of personal assets or supports that help them face the challenges and opportunities ahead. These assets allow youth to become resilient. Their ability to thrive depends significantly on the support and assistance from the people and institutions around them.
Providing the conditions for positive youth development is a responsibility shared by families, schools, and communities. The requirements for healthy youth development reside in families, schools, and communities. For Brown Girls, Inc. will promote healthy youth development by:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."
~John Quincy Adams
Youth leadership is part of the youth development process. It supports the young person in developing: (a) the ability to analyze his or her strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and skills to carry them out, including the ability to establish support networks to participate in community life fully and affect positive social change; and (b) the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model.