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PHILLY : STAKE

Tomorrow's Girls received a $1000 grant at Stake #5.

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (approx. 100 words):
The STAKE Grant would assist me to re-stage the 2005 production of “One Little Girl Can Change The World” a musical and theatrical performance previously held at African American Museum of Philadelphia. The production featured poetry, monologue, and dance written and performed by participants in my summer program, TOMORROW’S GIRLS, an eight-week summer enrichment program for 8-13 year old girls in Philadelphia.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $750 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
I would love to be able to give the TOMORROW’S GIRLS participants a small stipend for rehearsals and performance, and the balance would go toward feeding the girls during rehearsals and at the actual performance.

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
I am a poet, spoken word artist, volunteer poetry-writing instructor, and founder of Philadelphia’s first African-American female poetry performance ensemble, In The Company of Poets. In 2001, while facilitating a poetry workshop with one of my performance partners, at a Philadelphia transitional home for women and children, I met some of the young girls residing at the home and knew right away that I wanted to do something for them. That summer, I founded TOMORROW'S GIRLS. The program has grown with the additional support of Temple University’s Pan African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) at Temple University, where I have served as a volunteer instructor for the past ten years.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):

TOMORROW’S GIRLS is important because our young people are important. The eight-week sessions feature life skills activities, cultural events, educational support services, creative outlets, and self-discovery opportunities. Gatherings include poetry writing, fashion design, personal grooming, as well as the program serves as a positive social experience for mothers or guardians with their daughters.

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