The Girls PRIDE Project supports and encourages higher education, job training, civic engagement, poverty alleviation, and economic development for young women and girls of color from under-served communities including the promotion of equal access to full employment and decent work to alleviate the cycle of poverty, social, and economic disparities. The project focuses on under-served communities with minimal to limited access (geographically and economically) to services. In addition, we extend our services to homeless teenage girls, girls in foster care, and women in alternative-to-incarceration programs.
The goal is to identify at-risk young women and girls in the community and through mentoring help them to discover their individual identity (self-discovery); to become aware of their individuality, gifts, talents, and potential (self-awareness); to believe in one self and nurture passions and purpose (self-assurance); and employ every ounce of confidence (self- projection/expression). The purpose for participating in the project is for young women and girls to leave with a better understanding of the challenges they face, knowledge and the tools to push through those challenges, educational and employment opportunities, financial resources and other avenues to explore to help them improve self-confidence, and become successful citizens. The anticipated outcome for participating young women and girls is to leave the project empowered.
The Girls P.R.I.D.E Project and its Project Director have earned recognition for dedication to improving the lives of young women and girls in underserved communities: 2012 New York State Legislative Resolution from Senator Kevin Parker; 2012 New York State Assembly Citation for Community Service from Assemblywoman Barbara Clark; 2012 New York City Council Citation for Community Service from Former Majority Leader Councilman Leroy Comrie; 2013 Elmont Chamber of Commerce Volunteerism Award; 2013 Nassau County Legislature Citation for Community Service from Legislator Carrie Solages; 2013 New York State Assembly Citation for Community Service from Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages; 2014 Progressive Democrats Political Association Award for Social Justice & Volunteerism from Former New York City Councilwoman Dr. Una Clarke; 2014 United States Congressional Recognition for Community Service from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; 2014 New York City Council Citation for Community Service from Councilman Jumaane D. Williams; and 2014-15 Amy Watkins Scholarship for Social Justice from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
As Project Director of Girls PRIDE, it is my privilege to facilitate meeting the goals of the project, as I assist women and girls in discovering their individual identities; to become self-aware; to believe in themselves and to nurture their passions and destiny; and to employ every ounce of confidence to push through life’s challenges and embrace opportunities.
I am passionate about empowering young girls to be self-assured, as it helps them grow into self-confident women. Disadvantaged or marginalized girls and women are further oppressed by lack of exposure to possibilities and lack of support and resources. I feel that there is a critical need for positive female role models in all communities. I hope to be a mentor, and empower young women and girls to be instrumental in chartering their own positive destinies.
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“Use your eyes to see the needs, and use your talents to meet them.”
Inform. Inspire. Empower………PRIDE
Tammie S. Williams, MSW
Girls PRIDE Project Director
African Center for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Phone 516.945.5230 Fax:718.264.9639
PO BOX 30579
Elmont, NY 11003
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