Our Work

1,400 at-risk girls no longer! We leverage the time and talent of women globally, through a Mentorship Program designed to help at-risk girls continue their education and embrace economic freedom. Sustainability is realized through the institutionalization of a ‘Give Back Ethos’ that links ‘Giving Back,’ from one generation of girls to the next. Our implementation partners are grass-roots organizations with deep ties to local communities in very hard-to-reach areas.


The ‘Return on Investment’ of the Global Give Back Circle is directly linked to the degree in which the girls transition into citizenship and give back as benefactors of the future. Our theory of change is structured around the three sides of the ‘Economic Freedom Triangle.’ All sides of the triangle hold equal importance and the collapse of any one side impacts a girl’s journey to citizenship.

Selfless: She may be empowered and capable, but unless she is selfless she will not perpetuate the circle.

Capable: She may be empowered and selfless, but unless she is capable she will not find employment.

Empowered: She may be capable and selfless, but unless she is empowered she will not have the confidence to fully exercise her talents.

Our Proof of Concept over ten years

The Circle seeks to address the need to complete the educational process of at-risk adolescent girls, so they gain employable skills and become contributing members of society. It seeks to accomplish this through a transitioning model that recognizes a disadvantaged girl needs motivational empowerment and financial enablement to step-change her accessibility to ‘life’s chances,’ and to this end, embedding selfless social behaviors is as important as embedding successful commercial, leadership and entrepreneurial behaviors if beneficiaries are meant to become benefactors in the future.

  • Jun 2016

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    Alumna invited to the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C., and to tell her story at the FHI 360 Gender Summit joined by U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Cathy Russell.

  • Jun 2016

    Alumna conducts focus groups and interview with girls at refugee camps across Lebanon.

  • May 2016

    Alumna delivers a special statement at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • April 2016

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    First Lady Michelle Obama shares the story of Faith, a Global Give Back Circle beneficiary, at the World Bank Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • Jan 2016

    Beneficiaries invited to India to transfer institutional knowledge on how to implement the ‘Circle’.

  • Jan 2016

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    Beneficiary invited to speak on the impact of Private Sector Partnerships in a girl’s transformation process at U.S. Ambassador’s reception for Global Give Back Circle – India – Delhi, India.

  • Dec 2015

    Beneficiary is accepted to participate in the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa program in Kenya.

  • Apr 2014

    Global Give Back Circle invited to participate in the launch of ‘No Ceilings’, a women & girls initiative established by Secretary of State Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

  • May 2013

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    Beneficiary is selected as one of 100 young leaders (out of 6,000) to receive a scholarship to the ‘Women Deliver Conference’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Sep 2012

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    Beneficiary featured in video for Microsoft’s YouthSpark launch and invited to speak on panelist platform with Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer and Executive Vice President, Brad Smith in Redmond, Washington.

  • Nov 2011

    Two beneficiaries travel to Haiti for peer-to-peer knowledge transfer on how to implement a ‘Mentoring Program’ at the Haitian Education & Leadership Program.

  • Apr 2011

    Four beneficiaries attended CGIU (Clinton Global Initiative University) and registered a Commitment:  “Hey Sister, Get Clued-up” to reach 10,000 young women in Africa.

  • Oct 2010

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    Feature on the cover of Microsoft’s Citizenship Report. The girls were proving that IT skills did give girls an edge in the new economy.

  • Dec 2009

    An unsolicited proposal to USAID becomes a game-changer because it led to $5.5 million in scholarship funding for Kenya.

  • Oct 2009

    Citibank partners as the first Mentor Chapter. Today Kenya has Mentor Chapters with 21 private sector organizations.

  • Sep 2009

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    Featured in Opening Plenary at CGI Meeting as an example of a CGI Commitment that is having an impact on the empowerment of girls and young women.

  • Sep 2008

    A chance meeting with Microsoft at CGI results in the first state-of-the-art IT Lab in Kenya and a partnership with Microsoft in a CGI Commitment.

  • Sep 2008

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    A ‘complimentary membership’ to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is awarded & ATEBank (Greece) commits $300,000 in scholarships.

  • Jan 2006

    The Global Give Back Circle starts as a Mentoring Program. The pilot: 10 at-risk girls with high school bursaries in Kenya.

Learn more about our work in Kenya

  • Dec 2015

    20 more girls are welcomed into the Circle.

  • Nov 2015

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    19 girls graduate from high school and are admitted to college.

  • Mar 2013

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    Global Give Back Circle – China launches with the first 20 girls.

Learn more about our work in China

  • Apr 2016

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    80 more girls are welcomed into the Circle.

  • Feb 2016

    Microsoft partners as the first Mentor Chapter. So far, India has Mentor Chapters with 14 private sector organizations.

  • Feb 2016

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    Global Give Back Circle – India is launched at Ambassador Verma’s Residence in India.

  • Oct 2015

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    20 more girls from Mumbai are welcomed in the Circle.

  • Apr 2015

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    Global Give Back Circle – India launches with the first 20 girls in Delhi.

Learn more about our work in India

  • Feb 2016

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    120 girls are enrolled into the program through a 1-year 21st century skills program through a partnership with Monsanto.

  • Nov 2014

    Global Give Back Circle – South Africa launches with the first 40 girls.

Learn more about our work in South Africa

  • Jun 2016

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    Global Give Back Circle – Future Political Leaders launches in partnership with the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project & the Rwanda Girl’s Initiative. 50 girls in Rwanda and 50 in Kenya are welcomed into the Circle.

Learn more about our work in Rwanda