Mental Health, Education & Entrepreneurship
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Message From the Executive Director
GK FOLKS FOUNDATION
Words cannot fully express my gratitude for your interest in, and your support for the mission of the GK Folks Foundation. Over the years, I had the opportunity to work with youth, families and, various African communities supporting them with strategic directions/action plans to address a plethora of challenges.
I am fueled each day because I struggled as an international student when I came to America. For several years, I could not look into the eyes of anyone, whether they were a stranger, acquaintance, or even my colleagues at school/work.
Also, I could not speak in public and as a result held myself back from fully exploring my potential and sharing my talents. I can recall when I finally had the courage to step out of my fears, how disheartening it felt to be ridiculed because of my accent.
Surrounded by other Africans, and seeing that I was not alone in this cultural dilemma, I wanted to do something – I wanted to serve. Hence the birth of the Foundation.
WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
We support entrepreneurs and encourage their creative abilities to come up with a great business plan that is innovative and implementable. Winners can be awarded funds of $500-$2000 to enable them to carry out their plan. It is our hope that winners ‘pay it forward’ in the near future by making an effort to give back to an immigrant population either locally or back in their respective countries.
We organize various cultural events to celebrate diversity and culture through arts, fashions, music, food, and artist performance. The goal is to develop the public’s interest in the arts and encourage cultural exchange.
Our Project Success, is a career advancement program and GKFolks Konnect, our mentorship program to help break stigmatic barriers, give the your confidence, and help them to innovate/ solve real world problems
Africa is often known for its corruption among leaders, often misconstrued as a continent littered with poverty and diseases.We believe the youths can change this with a change in mindset.we create awareness by promoting the “dowhatisright4africa” hastag.
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In 1990, the UN made a commitment to reduce global poverty by 50% within 25 years. That this ambitious goal has been achieved is largely due to China’s success. Within the same period, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line decreased from 56.8% to 42.7% across the continent of Africa. However, with 20% of Africans living under the specter of starvation – a higher percentage than anywhere else in the world – there is still a long way to go.