Dawnita Brown (left) and Regina Salliey (right)
Black Girls Global Exchange (BGGE) is a revolutionary peer learning and cross cultural exchange movement empowering girls across the world to
tackle global issues through arts and service. It is the brainchild of Baltimore, Maryland natives Dawnita Brown and Regina Salliey who are both alumnae of
Western High School the nation’s oldest all-girls public high school, and members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- a public service sorority,
which focuses on SISTERHOOD, SCHOLARSHIP, AND SERVICE.
Dawnita, currently serving as a Community Health Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, has a strong passion for girls’ empowerment
and believes wholeheartedly in living on purpose. She stays true to one of her favorite quotes,
"Only a life lived for others is a life worth while”and embraces her call to serve others.
After 6 years of working as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Program Associate making grants on behalf of children and families nationwide,
social worker Regina took a leap of faith to start a philanthropic consulting firm, R. Salliey Philanthropic Advisors.
The mission of R. Salliey Philanthropic Advisors is to make life better for people through philanthropy.
The mission of the Black Girls Global Exchange is to bring the experiences of shared humanity to black girls
from different countries through a celebration of the arts, culture, education, and service while promoting
intercultural understanding. Areas of focus for this cross-cultural exchange are girls and women's empowerment; sisterhood/teambuilding; identity/self-awareness; promotion of education and arts; service; community development; health and wellness; HIV/AIDS awareness; leadership development; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
In the inaugural year, 18 girls from Coach G Arts Academy traveled from Baltimore to Johannesburg/Soweto and Swaziland from March 23rd to April 1st, 2018 in commemoration of Women’s History Month to exchange with 35 girls from the "She Conquers" group from Ikageng Itireleng AIDS ministry in Johannesburg/Soweto (South Africa), and 20 girls from St. Michael's School for Girls in Swaziland. In addition, the girls, ages 13-18, collaborated to create service projects and artistic activism that combat global issues that disproportionately affect them.
BLACK GIRLS GLOBAL EXCHANGE
Giving black girls across the globe a platform to begin changing the narrative on how black girls and
women are disproportionately impacted by social issues.
Making a Difference One Girl at a Time
Poverty, teenage pregnancy, gender based violence, and HIV/AIDS are universal problems affecting black girls in America
(Baltimore, MD), South Africa (Johannesburg), and Swaziland. Globally, black girls and women are disproportionately impacted
by social issues; and, it is the mission of Black Global Girls Exchange (BGGE) to shape the lives of young girls as
future global leaders to change this disheartening reality.
How We Help
Shaping Black Girls as Global Leaders of Tomorrow
Promoting global citizenship through service and joint exploration of identity and heritage of girls from
different countries to increase intercultural awareness and competence.
Creating transformational forums for girls to
come together to express themselves through multiple art forms in an effort to increase
self-awareness, confidence, and communication skills.
Providing a platform for girls to feel valued and opportunities for them to develop
problem solving, leadership and decision making skills.
Increasing health awareness, knowledge, and skills among the girls.
Building a Better Future
Empowering Girls to Change the World
Combating Global Issues through a Celebration of the Arts
Giving Girls a Voice
Shaping Global Leaders of Tomorrow
EXPANDHer Mind by Giving Her the Opportunity to Experience the World
EXCELHer to Lead Change
Historical Site Visits
Invest in the Future of Black Girls
BGGE is committed to empowering today’s girls to be the global leaders of tomorrow. Donate today, and make the biggest impact on the lives of black girls across the world.
Interested in learning more about BGGE? Contact us today!