Now more than ever before, Black girls need space to think, breath and become. They need Project DIVA to emotionally and economically guide them into the sustainable lifestyles that they envision, being supported in knowing that their dreams are attainable.
This video depicts what is not being discussed in mainstream conversations.
Project DIVA is on the front lines of
ensuring our girls are protected - inspite of the lack of love and grace being shown towards them.
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 helped girls open up to self-discovery and learn 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 Ms. Neda if she would bring it back the next school year. Ms. Neda 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.