Since 2019, JA Ghana’s partnership with Newmont Ghana has blossomed rapidly and this can be tangibly traced to the many success and impact stories of the lives of the hundreds of young girls that have been affected through collaborative efforts towards the New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp Webinar initiative.
The New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp initiative is part of Newmont’s Tertiary and Secondary Skills Enhancement Program (T-SSEP). Consistent with T-SSEP’s purpose to enhance work readiness of Ghanaian youth and JA’s purpose to prepare and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy, the goal of the New Futures for Girls initiative is to empower young girls between the ages of 15 to 25 years to broaden their options for their professional futures.
NFGLC which is originally an in-person leadership camp for young girls in senior high schools across Ghana, has had to be migrated online in an attempt to sustain the impact being made amidst the emergence of Covid-19. In 2020 the first first virtual edition saw participation of about 40 girls from tertiary institutions in Ghana, during which these girls were mentored by prominent and accomplished professionals from Newmont Ghana and other relevant fields.
The second virtual edition was held between March 31-April 1,2021 as a culmination of the celebration of women and girls in the month of March, together with all global efforts to realize full inclusion and representation of women and girls across prominent economic touchpoints.
This year over 50 shortlisted girls from senior high schools across the country participated in the NFGLC where they have been equipped with work and academic readiness skill sets, and have as well , been ushered into an improved state of self with a developed academic faculty for tertiary education. Participants have been introduced to post-secondary education opportunities along the scope of their chosen careers and by extension, the STEM field, through sessions of personal, academic and professional development. Some of the topics these girls benefitted from include Leadership, self-confidence, smart social media use, education and careers in mining.