In an effort to expose more African American girls to the world, Martice Sutton has launched Girls Going Global. The non-profit was born out of Sutton’s observation during international trips, of a serious lack of diversity during travel.
“In all the countries I’ve been to I usually never see anyone that looks like me,” Sutton, 24, tells Centric. “If I do they are usually from the continent of Africa which is why so often I was never believed to be American. It felt like there was no concept of a African-American woman in any place outside of the U.S.”
That observation became more evident when she undertook a year-long fellowship in India after graduating from the all-female historically Black institution, Spelman College, to help enhance the quality of education for underprivileged youth. […] But it was then that the West Philadelphia native says she realized her true passion wasn’t in the slums of India, but right in her own backyard in the States.
Girls Going Global exposes black girls to not only traveling, but different worldly cultures. The organization has hosted the “Passport To The World” summer program, one that required Sutton to travel from her job in Washington, D.C. to Philly every weekend to mentor young girls and expose them to world cultures within the city.
This July, GGG will take 10 girls to Costa Rica and will host another Passport To The World program this fall.
Kudos to Ms. Sutton for taking an active role in the lives of our youth.
Go to www.marticesutton.wix.com for more information.
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