When I was working in Silicon Valley, I was fortunate enough to be on the board of Girls For A Change. I met an amazing group of women who had founded this organization and loved the concept of mentoring girls with life skills and assisting them in gaining self-confidence and becoming agents of change in their own lives as well as in their community.
I had personally been raised in a very strict military family where the rules were: be quiet, find a job to support the family, take care of the home and go to school. I had no mentors to call on. I started babysitting at the age of 11, cleaning houses and finding any chores I could to help support my family. Education was not important as I was to get married and have children. I graduated from high school at the age of 16 and loved to read. I taught myself many skills thru reading. I always believed I could do anything. How much easier this would of been if I have had a mentor or friend to call on.
After a very successful career in Silicon Valley, I semi-retired in Mexico and decided that I could pass on the programs from Girls For A Change to the youth of Baja. We tried a pilot program and discovered that the culture was more oriented towards the family and both boys and girls. At that time (2011), I struggled to figure out how to pass on this information and help the young people avoid some of my mistakes and have mentors to call on. Thru a transition of the programs and finding the right team we were able to make this happen. We can now see the youth accomplishing their dreams, becoming real social change agents and making a difference in the community and themselves. I am so very proud of each of the coaches, junior coaches and the management team for making this dream become a reality.