May 2018


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Dear Community,

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, we are excited about the many things that African American Female Excellence has been able to accomplish in support of access and achievement for our girls. 

As we prepare for next year, our emphasis will be to examine and create a literacy crusade that inspires a reading culture for African American girls. We are excited to be partnering with the literacy department and Nancy Lai, developing and implementing a literacy strategy designed to support schools in making reading accessible and appealing for our students.

Secondly, we are taking a deeper dive in opening greater pathways for STEAM engagement,  to continue to provide spaces whereby Black girls can share their experiences and aspirations and participate in academic activities to inspire a science and math mindset. On Friday, May 11, we will be taking 20 girls to the Lawrence Livermore National Lab to experience first-hand what it means to be a scientist.

Finally, this work would not have been possible without our many leaders in the schools, our community partners – including Alliance for Girls, Breaking the Silence Oakland, The Mentoring Center, Alternatives in Action, the West Oakland Youth Center – and the many school and community stakeholders who have lifted our work and the importance of providing space for girls to be seen and heard, and have their ideas realized. We are excited to move into phase two of our mission to improve academic achievement and equity for girls.

 In service,
Nzingha Dugas
Director of African American Female Excellence