The L.O.V.E. Project
"Creating safe spaces for girls of color"
The L.O.V.E. Project is a program designed to provide girls of color with a safe and sacred space to learn more about themselves.
It’s not easy for girls coming of age in today’s media-saturated world to develop a healthy sense of self-worth, self-respect, and purpose as they prepare for their futures. In order to emerge from their teen years as strong, happy, and confident young women, girls must learn to successfully navigate peer pressure and negative messages about girlhood and womanhood. These influences have the potential to negatively impact their self-esteem, identity development, health behaviors and ability to make positive life decisions.
Girls' empowerment programs can substantially undercut delinquency and victimization of girls. These programs identify the risk factors associated with female adolescent problem behaviors, such as failure to complete high school, teen pregnancy and parenting, low self esteem and prior victimization, to help prevent girls from entering the juvenile justice system.
Girls who are empowered with the information taught in these groups are equipped with tools and information to make positive choices and educated decisions regarding their lives. Such groups encourage the development of critical thinking skills and academic achievement, thus discouraging delinquent behavior.
The program offers sessions on meditation, yoga, etiquette, financial literacy, sisterhood, healthy relationships, womb wellness, healthy eating, affirmations, self-love, team building and community engagement.
We currently serve 300 girls in five different school districts.
Our current partners include:
Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and Academy
St. Louis Catholic Academy
LaSalle Middle School
Lift for Life Academy
Lafayette High School
Marquette High School
Rockwood Summit High School
Francis Howell North High School
Northwest Academy of Law and Social Justice
Brentwood Middle School
Brentwood High School
Past Partners included:
Pamoja Preparatory Academy
Jennings Junior High School
Northview Elementary School
Hanrahan Elementary School
Fairview Elementary School
Marion Middle School
Innovative Concept Academy
Crestview Middle School
We offer Saturday sessions to girls from the community who want to get involved in the program despite us not being in their schools.
Sessions are every other Saturday from 11-1 pm. Please check our program calendar for Saturday session dates and location.
Here's what our past partners have to say!
"I have been involved with the program since its inception in the Rockwood School District and believe that it embodies some of the best principles of empowerment and self-efficacy for young girls. The transformative power of the LOVE Project lies in its ability to engage young women by listening and empowering the young ladies to use their voice. The LOVE Project allows the girls to imagine the future, both personal and societal, in ways that empower the young women to change their world for the better, a world that is inclusive of both school and the larger community. "
-Dr. Terry Harris, Coordinator of Educational Equity and Diversity, Rockwood School District
"Since bringing the program to the school, we have noticed a positive change in the participants. The girls are all very eager to meet with Mrs. Duncan and as a result have requested more time with her."
"While in the program the participants are being challenged to view themselves in a more empowering way. I have witnessed the girls talk in great detail about stereotypes and how they can ensure they are not perpetuating any negative stereotypes. I have watched Mrs. Duncan pull from the girls their inner most insecurities and offer healing ways for the girls to move forward."
- JoAnn Reese, Vice Principal of Pamoja Preparatory Academy
To learn more about how to bring this program to your school, contact firstname.lastname@example.org