Project DIVA began in 2007/08 school year as a pilot program out of Dunwoody Academy in Minneapolis. From February to June, 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 and a 99% graduation rate since the beginning of the program.
The true success of the program, however, is not found in numbers, but rather in the words of the girls in the sisterhood.