Fannie Lou Hamer Institute fosters understanding, respect, and civic engagement among other leaders. Leadership development expands the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations. Leadership roles are those that facilitate execution of a strategy through building alignment, winning mindshare and growing the capabilities of others. In the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, students and educators will participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and leadership development activities. The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute is (4) month leadership program beginning the 2021-2022 academic school year.
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.
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 the diversity and equal value of everyone. “Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.”
~ Fannie Lou Hamer
Interested youth scholars must be:
For Brown Girls, Inc Program Goals:
Psychological and emotional development
Introducing the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute as our new initiative that will recognize youths’ strengths and seek to promote positive development rather than addressing risks in isolation. Youth who are constructively involved in learning and doing and who are 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 develop successfully depends to a great extent on the support and assistance they receive from the people and institutions around them.
Providing the conditions for positive youth development is a responsibility shared by families, schools, and communities. The conditions 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 and supports the young person in developing: (a) the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out including the ability to establish support networks in order to fully participate in community life and effect 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.