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mentorship

#HomegirlAmbassadors is an intergenerational mentorship program designed to help girls of color gain insight and inspiration, build community, and feel empowered to tackle our careers and change the world.  One reason why WOC struggle to reach higher levels in the workplace is lack of quality mentorship, and a dangerous culture that promotes competitiveness over collaboration. That's why Homegirl Project connects experienced, invested mentors with passionate young mentees aged 13-18. By making space for one another and paying it forward, we plan to succeed together.

our programs

Digital Mentorship

Watch as our mentors 'take over' the Homegirl Project's social media channels for 24 hours, providing a sneak-peek into what a day in their career is like, answering questions, and and providing insight to girls. It's like job-shadowing the coolest women you know, except  you don't even have to leave the house. 

#CareerChats

Mentees apply and are matched with a compatible mentor for a one-time, one-hour, life-changing phone call to discuss a specific career-related topic. During #CareerChats, mentees have reported revamping their resumes, getting the low-down on starting nonprofits, asking one-on-one questions, and more!

#AdoptAHomegirl

Mentees apply and are matched with a compatible mentor, who oversees and advise on a personal project of the mentee's choosing. Mentees schedule regular calls during the project to update their mentor, brainstorm, debrief, and discuss. Basically, you can get a life coach, cheerleader, and friend all at once!

become a mentee

Thank you so much for your investing in and uplifting a girl of color! Please fill out this form to give us an idea of your availabilities and interests. We will match you up with a mentee as soon as possible. Don't forget to bring your squad!

Roann Abdeladl is a double major in Health Sciences and Political Science at Clemson University. She is passionate about involving youth in interfaith dialogue and runs the Youth Interfaith, an organization that promotes inter-religious understanding among high school and college students through dialogue and community service events. She serves as treasurer of Clemson's Muslim Student Association, board member of the University's Student Funding Board, and as a student senator in Clemson's Undergraduate Student Government. 

Founder, Youth Interfaith

Roann Abdeladl

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Shivani is a full-time model and entrepreneur living in NYC. She founded the podcast More Than Model Radio. So far, she's released 27 episodes and hosted an epic launch party in NYC, with plans for another in Chicago. Shivani's podcast inspires models and young women to break stereotypes. She merged her knowledge of media with her passion for social justice, creating her company @liveshivmedia, where she focuses on integrating media and social justice through campaigns.

Model & CEO of @LiveShivMedia

Shivani Persad

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Divya works as a writer and art director at an advertising agency by day, and an illustrator at night. Through her creative work, Divya won Cannes Future Lions, the Summit Gold Award, was showcased as a “Rising Star” on Shots Magazine and a featured creative on Drum Mag, was shortlisted on Issa Rae’s Pilot writing competition, and served on several juries including the Addy’s and The One Club Bootcamp. But more importantly, she was Mugglenet.com’s Harry Potter fan of the week in 2007.

Creative & Illustrator

Divya Seshadri

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Stephanie is an experienced Fine Arts Professional with a demonstrated history of working in galleries, museums and fine art logistics. She is skilled and knowledgeable in Gallery Management, Museum and Gallery Installation, Fine Art Packing and Shipping, Executive Administration, Collection Management, Museum Procedures and Event Planning.  Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Sacramento State University. She is the Assistant Director of Latin American Masters gallery in Santa Monica, CA and has managed countless exhibitions showcasing some of Latin America’s finest artists.

Project Manager

Stephanie Mercado

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Before editing for the 2nd-most circulated newspaper in America, Jazmine worked as a contributing editor for The Hairpin, a blog. She  interned with the New York Times in college and she was hired immediately after at age twenty-three. From interviewing Charlamagne Tha God to writing about one of her more popular topics, “The Imposter Syndrome,” there is no stopping this New Haven native from setting her goals and reaching them.

Story Editor, New York Times

Jazmine Hughes

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Divya works as a writer and art director at an advertising agency by day, and an illustrator at night. Through her creative work, Divya won Cannes Future Lions, the Summit Gold Award, was showcased as a “Rising Star” on Shots Magazine and a featured creative on Drum Mag, was shortlisted on Issa Rae’s Pilot writing competition, and served on several juries including the Addy’s and The One Club Bootcamp. But more importantly, she was Mugglenet.com’s Harry Potter fan of the week in 2007.

Creative & Illustrator

Divya Seshadri

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Kelly Choi is a Korean-American activist who works with March for Our Lives, and she also co-founded a Texas based gun violence prevention non-profit called Orange Generation. Over the summer, she joined activists from Parkland, Chicago, New York, and more on March for Our Lives' Road to Change. Now she is majoring in Government at University of Texas Austin and is also co-director for March for Our Lives Austin. She is a legislative aide for the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives and is planning to go to law school after finishing her undergraduate degree.

March For Our Lives

Kelly Choi

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Anisha started  Project Equal in 2017, capturing 180 pictures of girls across India. She will also be hosting TEDxGSLMedicalCollege in September. She worked on the #ThisIs18 Project Collaboration with New York Times, helping people understand the life of 18 year old girl across the globe. She hosts Podcast UnConventional, sitting down with Gen Z, Millennials and top LinkedIn Content Creators to know their journey, lessons learned and how to make an impact. 

Project Manager

Anisha Valli

Maya Siegel is an 18-year-old survivor and environmental advocate from Evergreen, Colorado. She is the co-founder of Space to Speak, an organization that creates consent curriculum and is a resource specifically for young survivors. Aside from that, she is an editor at Lune Magazine and the Secretary for ThinkOcean. Maya is currently working part-time with Shiffon as a marketing intern and part-time as a research intern for a law firm in Colorado. She is a 2019 State of Young People Youth Delegate and was most recently featured in an article for MTV. In her spare time, Maya designs websites. She has previously worked for ThinkOcean, GenZ Girl Gang, and March For Our Lives CO.

Mentee: Djamila Oumarou, age 17

Founder, Space to Speak

Maya Siegel

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Fatima is an award-winning, unapologetically Muslim activist with a focus on racial justice and community organizing. She was a Women's March Youth Empower 2018 Cohort Member and is on the 2019 WYME Committee. Fatima is also the founder of a local grassroots advocacy organization, DMV Muslims Making Change. She has spoken at many marches and social justice conferences and started the Muslim Student Association at her community college. Fatima has been active in making sure intersectional voices are heard on campus and led and helped organize the March 14 gun violence walkouts at her college and nationally.

Mentee: Dakota, age 14

Founder, DMV Muslims Making Change

Fatima Younis

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Bhavana is an 18 year old Indian-American currently studying economics and international studies at The University of Alabama. Growing up, Bhavana split her childhood years between Central Illinois where she was born, and the city of Visakhapatnam in South India. As a result, she grew to care deeply about international affairs, especially girls' rights around the world. Bhavana has worked with nonprofits since her high school days to support girls' education and empowerment, and hopes to work in international law one day to continue supporting these issues. 

University of Alabama Student

Bhavana Ravala

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Marlene is a prison abolitionist and a Tejana originally from El Paso, TX. As a PhD student and scholar activist at UC Davis, her research is focused on the police state, prison abolition and the solidarity that seeps through the concrete walls of prisons. She works with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of Sacramento.

Mentee: Christina Vo, age 16

Organizer

Marlene Mercado

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rocio Alvarado believes in the power of community, the value of hard work and open communication. She has led projects big and small from national broadcast campaigns to digital, social, and experiential activations for brands like Target, Toyota, Nike, Marriott, Warner Brothers, and Munchkin.

Mentee: Anh, age 19

Creative Director

Rocio Alvarado

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Eidah is a third-year law student at Pepperdine University School of Law. She received her BA in Political Science from UCLA. Eidah co-founded  the National Lawyers Guild Pepperdine Chapter and the Public Defender Student Association, and organized panel discussions, documentary screenings, a book drive for detained youth, fundraisers, legal observer trainings, lectures, and Pepperdine's First Annual For People of Color Conference. She has clerked full-time for the Los Angeles County Public Defender, the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, and Children's Law Center of California. Eidah has also externed part-time with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and volunteered for the Neighborhood Legal Services in their Workers' Rights Clinic. 

Mentee: Florence Shen, age 15

Juris Doctor Candidate

Eidah Hiloh

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Daisy Zavala is Chicanx and was born and raised in San Diego County in California. Daisy is a political science student and also serves Political Director for her local MEChA chapter. She advocates for WOC involvement in political activism, education, and politics in general. 

Mentee: Maggie Augustine, age 16

Political Director

Daisy Zavala

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Karen was granted the Posse Scholarship, graduating from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology. She focuses on advocating for human rights, mental health services, sexual education, and access to higher education. Karen currently works as an Admission Counselor at a private liberal arts university in Los Angeles and wants to use her experiences and knowledge working in higher education to bring awareness and access to resources, especially for first-gen, undocumented, womxn of color, and low income students.

Mentee: Greisy Hernandez, age 17

College Admissions Counselor

Karen Ceballos

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Cindy is a first generation high school graduate and college student at UC Berkeley with a focus on political science. Her past experiences included being a Youth Commissioner with the Gonzales Youth Council, the official youth advisory group to the Gonzales City Council and Gonzales Unified School District. She has had the opportunity to create a lot of change locally including passing legislation, planning and implementing community events, and so on. She is also the founder of Senior Swarm: a series of workshops that provide high school seniors with college advising and mentorship through community engagement. 

Mentee: Yamira Patterson, age 15

Political Science, UC Berkeley

Cindy Aguilar-Castadena

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Kinsale Hueston is a Navajo activist and award-winning poet from Corona del Mar, California, and currently a student at Yale University. She was a 2017-2018 National Student Poet, and has lectured and read her poetry across the country. She is the recipient of the Yale Young Native Storytellers Award and three National Scholastic Art and Writing gold medals for her writing. Her accomplishments have been highlighted by Time Magazine, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Times, Indian Country Today, Poets.org, and more.

Mentee: Makenna Brunson, age 17

Navajo Poet, Student at Yale

Kinsale Hueston

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Faith is the founder of the Latina Legacy Foundation, which is a nonprofit that aims to solve legacy issues in Latinx communities with technological solutions. For her first project, Faith created an application called Calor that prevents heatstroke amongst farmworkers working the fields of her hometown in the Central Valley. For her work, she received the Dynamic Youth Award during the 2019 Latino Spirit Awards hosted at the California state capital. Faith is very proud of her Mexican heritage, and is dedicated to serving immigrant communities who are hit the hardest by issues like Climate Change.

Mentee: Gari de Ramos, age 20

CEO of Calor App

Faith Florez

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 Chalyna graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Communication Studies. She currently interns with Ignite National, a non-partisan organization that encourages high school and college women to run for office and pursue political careers. She is a high school facilitator, working with girls to build their confidence as political leaders. She is a graduate student at Mills College in Oakland, CA, pursuing a master’s in Public Policy. 

Mentee: Salma Kamni, age 17

Ignite National

Chalyna Lazo

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Isabel is currently a sophomore at Hunter College in New York City majoring in bioinformatics and minoring in computer science. She works in the intersection of medicine and technology to improve patient outcomes and the healthcare system as a whole. She hopes to enter a workforce that is inclusive, collaborative, and recognizes the importance of both ambition and self-care. 

Mentee: Erika Wang, age 17

Medical Researcher

Isabel Abonitalla

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Daniela is a senior at Chatham University pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in Management Information Systems and International Business. She has experience in XML, Python, and JavaScript programming languages. In addition, Daniela has won the Intercollegiate Project Management Quiz Bowl and a prestigious Grow with Google Scholarship. She looks forward to continue developing her programming and language skills through future internships and/or work-study positions. Upon her graduation in the winter of 2019, Daniela sees herself working for a company that utilizes technology to bridge the gap between different cultures.

Mentee: Aashni Patel, age 16

Project Manager

Daniela Beck

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Anisha started  Project Equal in 2017, capturing 180 pictures of girls across India. She will also be hosting TEDxGSLMedicalCollege in September. She worked on the #ThisIs18 Project Collaboration with New York Times, helping people understand the life of 18 year old girl across the globe. She hosts Podcast UnConventional, sitting down with Gen Z, Millennials and top LinkedIn Content Creators to know their journey, lessons learned and how to make an impact. 

Mentee: Zyva Sheikh, age 16

Project Manager

Anisha Valli

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Mónica Cristina Murillo Parra is a first generation Latina college graduate.  She is passionate about using education and grassroots activism to advocate for social change and focuses on social work and child welfare. She has a forensic psychology degree and plans to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Mentee: Katelyn Perez, age 17

Social Services

Monica Murillo

become a mentor

Being mentored is an experience that will change your life. If you identify as a girl of color aged 13-18, please fill out this form with your goals to be considered for our seasonal cohorts. (Fall cohort is opening soon!) Please share your successes via #HomegirlAmbassadors!

impact

meet our 2019 mentors

said they felt "more aware of opportunities, resources, and networks within their chosen career path."

  • said they felt "more confident about their leadership potential and ability to change the world."

would not otherwise have access to one-on-one personal mentorship relationships in their communities.

our programs

Anshumi, age 15

“Our [mentorship] call was really influential on my life, and the plans that I have for the future. Talking to someone from a different country definitely gives you a lot more exposure. [My mentor] and I decided to stay in touch and keep communicating with one another.” 

Erika, age 17

“I learned so much through this experience! We talked about the best way to carry out my plan to start a girl's STEM program in my state and how I should go about reaching out to others. Overall it was great and we're now very invested in each other's lives."

Christabel, age 19

"My mentor stated that she was more of my homegirl than teacher, so it was easier to open up to her. We sent emails back and forth; I told her about issues I was having and she immediately referred me to some resources she found. She also helped me refine my resume."

"My mentor educated me on the process of creating a nonprofit organization. We went over how to register a nonprofit and the process of writing bylaws. She also explained to me ways to promote my organization to-be. It was incredibly enriching!"

Florence, age 15