Daughters Global Leadership Mentoring Program

In Empowerment, News, Youth by Mary Kurek

Dr. Osita Aniemeka educating students on sustainable programs in Africa

What is Daughters Global?

  • Global 4-month program
  • Girls 13-18  (Must read and write in English)
  • Parental Supervision of Mentoring Process Required
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Produced by:  Frontrunners Development, Inc. & Sub Saharan Open University
  • Endorsed by:  Youthgether Global
  • Mentors are trained and experienced in mentoring

In the fall of 2020, one of our Frontrunners Innovate articles caught the attention of a father who wanted his young 13-year-old daughter in Africa to be able to make something of her growing talents and leadership abilities.  It started with her Youtube video instructing on different types of mental disorders.  When he connected with us, he told us how she really wanted to share with the world information on different topics and advocate for education and girls empowerment.  We were blown away by the girl whose leadership was already established well beyond her 13 years.  And, we took on the task of mentoring her with information, providing her platforms to speak while coaching her on presentation, and introducing her to other girl leaders around the world and reputable adult leaders who might inspire her.  We have given her a blog platform for her to safely share her thoughts, poems, and interviews which we’ve encouraged her to do (because interviewing global leaders helps her to build her own network as well as learn new skills).  Not even a year has passed and our young mentee has already been a panel speaker on several events associated with the United Nations SDGs alongside diplomats and royals.  She blew them away, too.

Poet and Artist, Chaitali Sinha (India)

In early 2021, the same thing happened again.  Another father with a talented daughter in India showed up.  His daughter longed to have her poems published.  We’ve begun working with her on writing, but, also, on other skills to help her build her leadership as she enters into college later this year.  We have already published in Frontrunners Innovate her poem relating to overcoming Covid.  The posting acquired over a thousand views within a few days.

It was at this juncture that we partnered once again with the Sub Saharan Open University founder, Dr. Osita Aniemeka out of Nigeria, on structuring this mentoring program officially, calling it Daughters Global where we can present opportunities, connections, and valuable life skills that will help burgeoning young female leaders make the most of their interests and ability to influence.  We need them because the unity of working together on the world’s big life-threatening problems leads to peace.  A rocky journey, for sure, but, that’s how we develop our relationships – by listening to languages we can hardly understand, realizing and working through the biases that come with different cultures, and seeing (really seeing) the humanity that is present everywhere.   Today’s youth will have to know how to do this work and pass it to the next generation.  And, even though we likely won’t fix every big problem, it matters only that we are working together and building the most important thing…peace.

We’ve focused our mentorship program on young girls because of the global nature of our work and how so many countries where leadership is needed don’t view education or equality for females as important.  Many of the United Nations SDGs focus on equality and rights in education, health, etc. but #5 on gender equity hits the target dead on.  With God’s blessing, we aim to do our part.

Daughters Global is currently in pilot with the aim of launching officially summer of 2021.  We are currently entertaining interest from families of English-speaking girls 13-18 years of age anywhere in the world.  Check the flyer below for more details.  Contact us here if you have questions, have a daughter to introduce to us (or you are a potential candidate), or wish to help support our efforts as a sponsor, mentor, or resource.


Mary Kurek, CEO, Frontrunners League & Publisher, Frontrunners Innovate