Black Girls Global Exchange (BGGE) is a revolutionary peer learning and cross-cultural exchange movement empowering girls across the world to tackle global issues through arts and service.
It is the brainchild of Baltimore, Maryland natives Dawnita Brown and Regina Salliey who are both alumnae of Western High School the nation’s oldest all-girls public high school, and members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- a public service sorority, which focuses on SISTERHOOD, SCHOLARSHIP, AND SERVICE.
The mission of the Black Girls Global Exchange is to bring the experiences of shared humanity to black girls from different countries through a celebration of the arts, culture, education, and service while promoting intercultural understanding. Areas of focus for this cross-cultural exchange are girls and women’s empowerment; sisterhood/teambuilding; identity/self-awareness; promotion of education and arts; service; community development; health and wellness; HIV/AIDS awareness; leadership development; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
In the inaugural year, 18 girls from Coach G Arts Academy traveled from Baltimore to Johannesburg/Soweto and Swaziland from March 23rd to April 1st, 2018 in commemoration of Women’s History Month to exchange with 35 girls from the “She Conquers” group from Ikageng Itireleng AIDS ministry in Johannesburg/Soweto (South Africa), and 20 girls from St. Michael’s School for Girls in Swaziland. In addition, the girls, ages 13-18, collaborated to create service projects and artistic activism that combat global issues that disproportionately affect them.
The Mission of Project Pneuma is to Breathe New Life holistically into the young men we serve by challenging them intellectually, strengthening them physically, nurturing them emotionally and uplifting them spiritually.