GLMPI Girls Like Me Project
Since 2012, Girls Like Me Project Inc. has introduced 500 girls to International Day of the Girl, through our flagship program, Chicago Day of the Girl.
GLMPI will enroll 500 girls through membership by 2021.
Expose girls to a variety of media and digital technology programs and culture.
Examination of Self Awareness
Assist girls with developing a conscious knowledge of one's own authentic character, voice, and feelings.
Help them gain a desire to build, grow, and connect with girls and the community through workshops, mentoring, and girl circles.
The mission of GLMPI is to help African-American girls ages 11-17 critically examine social, cultural, and political ideologies in media so that they will be able to overcome stigmas and negative stereotypes. We equip them with the tools and strategies to become influential, independent digital storytellers who transform their communities and foster global sisterhood.
Girls Like Me Project believes that although African-American girls are disproportionately targeted by devaluing stereotypes and media messages of misogyny, self-hate, and destructive behavior that adversely normalizes circumstances of poverty and violence; a strong sense of self-efficacy and awareness can transform them into change agents for social good.
In 2008, as a volunteer at her children’s school, La’Keisha Gray-Sewell started a “ladies lunch” program to help foster sisterhood, healthy self esteem, and interrupt mean girl behavior. The demand for the lunches grew attracting and retaining girls from 4th grade through their graduation from 8th grade. Later in 2012, La’Keisha collated the lunch and volunteer projects to formally create Girls Like Me Project, Inc. in answer to the acute need for schools and community organizations to provide gender-responsive programming for girls. Since incorporating as an Illinois NFP, Girls Like Me Project has convened three successful “On the Table” conversations in partnership with Chicago Community Trust since 2016. Subsequently we were awarded an On The Table Award to implement solutions...that award was the initial version of DIVAS in the City Summer Camp which we have successfully hosted for the past three years.
Other accomplishments include our established partnerships with University of Chicago Charter Schools (Carter G. Woodson and Donoghue); Chicago Coalition on Urban Girls (formerly South Side Coalition on Urban Girls); Academy 41 of Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church; Contexture Media Network; Africa International House, Global Strategists Association, Demoiselle 2 Femme, and The African Life that have helped the organization impact more than 600 girls across the South Side through ongoing workshops, girls circles, outreach, as well as their annual Chicago Day of the Girl and Pampered Power Talks.
When the United Nations declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl, GLMPI established the Annual Chicago Day of the Girl to locally connect to the global girls empowerment movement. In October 2015, Congressman Danny K. Davis, recognized GLMPI with a Congressional record as a pioneer for its efforts hosting the annual Chicago Day of the Girl.
Girls Like Me Project has been the recipient of the Safe and Peaceful Chicago Grant and is among the first organizations to be funded by the South Side Giving Circle of the Chicago Foundation for Women. In Summer of 2018, Girls Like Me Project sponsored two global travel for two local girls as a part of a community leadership travel program. In 2018, Girls Like Me Project was named Organization of the Year by the Tau Psi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc.
All in all, more than 700 girls have been driectly impacted through our free programs and events.
The goal of Girls Like Me Project Inc is to directly reach 400 African-American girls residing in metropolitan Chicago (Englewood and Bronzeville) with the objective of raising their self-awareness and activism by 2022. Girls who complete our programming are trained in media literacy and digital storytelling, connected to activism, and exposed to cultural and career options beyond their neighborhoods.