Why Project DIVA?

Now more than ever before, Black girls need space to think, breath and BE. They are inspired to have us at Project DIVA International, emotionally and economically, guide them into the sustainable lifestyles that they envision. They love being supported in knowing that their inner visions are attainable.

This video depicts what is not being discussed in mainstream conversations.


Project DIVA International is on the front lines of

ensuring our girls have a space both virtually and literally - in spite of the lack of love and grace being shown towards them in the world.
















Project DIVA began in 2007/08 as a pilot program out of Dunwoody Academy in Minneapolis. From February to June, of that school year, Neda Kellogg, Etosha Cook and Jahonna Olsen guided girls towards a self-discovery journey learning how their academic, social and emotional behaviors affected their lives both in and outside of school.


These girls were so changed throughout that school year that they asked the growing Project DIVA leadership team if they would bring it back the next school year. The leadership team enthusiastically said yes, arranged to align programming with the academic year, and established Project DIVA as a 501(c)(3) organization. Project DIVA was officially born in May 2009.


Project DIVA has identified consistent programming, mindset shifts and availability of opportunities as key reasons our girls have maintained a less than 1% teen pregnancy rate, 100% school year completion rate, a 99% graduation rate and a 94% economic literacy increase since the beginning of the program.


The true success of the program, however, is not found in numbers, but rather in the actions of the girls in the sisterhood.

13 Years Later . . . as Project DIVA International, we are now focused on taking Black girls from the United States, virtually and literally, into other countries exposing them to global mindsets through securing national and international opportunities!

“At Project DIVA we are more than just another place to go and be with girls my age, we are a true sisterhood reaching for our dreams and accomplishing them!”

Our History