Star Girl Foundation is an educational NGO for Secondary Schools. The company facilitates learning and development using technology, mentorship programs and the latest innovations in career evolution to prepare the girls for opportunities in the future.
Funmilola Kehinde is the Founder of Star Girl Foundation. She shared her story with Alaba Ayinuola of Africans Building Africa about her vision to educate, motivate and inspire 10,000 young girls in becoming better leaders through the provision of mentorship and trainings in the next 10 years..
1. Tell us about yourself
My name is Funmilola Kehinde; I work as a Project Manager at a Tech Start up in Lagos Nigeria. I have a BSc in Computer Science from Covenant University, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Information Technology with Strategic Innovation and Management Studies from Kingston University, London. I also have a Diploma in HR, Digital Marketing and several certifications in Project Management. I am quite passionate about developing people both personally and professionally.
My Foundation is called Star Girl Education Foundation (SGEF), Star Girl Foundation is an educational NGO for Secondary Schools; we facilitate learning and development using technology, mentorshipprograms and latest innovations in career evolution to prepare the femalechild for opportunities in the future.
We aim to expose them to as many career options as possible and steer them in the most fulfilling career path. Our Vision is to educate, motivate and inspire 10,000 young girls in becoming better leaders through the provision of mentorship and trainings in the next 10 years.
2. How much did you need to start your foundation and how were you able to raise that capital?
In starting I did not have a particular figure in mind as a form of capital.
My first step was to create a concept note for my foundation, stating our mission, vision and objectives. The other step was to go out and carry out a mentorship project with the school I had in mind and I have simply carried on since then by training girls in one school at a time.
3. What are some of the challenges you face in your foundation and how do you overcome those challenges?
This may sound really weird but currently we do not face any major challenge, it has been very easy really so far, the only thing I can think of right now is the ability to train and mentor many students at once at a go- so basically like an inter-school training program would definitely help us reach our goal faster and touch many lives at once.
4.Where do you see your foundation in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
In the next five years, we hope to have mentored 5,000 girls on various career choices and also helped them secure mentorship/internship positions to help them reach their career goals. Right we carry out mentorship programs once a month, as we move ahead we hope to increase it to about 5-10 programs a month so we can reach our goal.
5. What advice would you give to other socialpreneurs looking to start a foundation in Africa?
Find your niche and just start- don’t wait for the perfect time because it probably would never come.
6. How is your foundation participating to the development of Africa?
Star Girl Education Foundation (SGEF) is focused on helping secondary school girls especially in rural areas find their purpose, passion and also create a successful career in future. We believe that the development of every nation or country starts from the girl child, we also are focused on helping girls find that one thing they love to do and start making money from it as a source of income as early as they can in life.
SGEF’s participation to the development of Africa is therefore via the mentorship, training and coaching of young girls in schools in ensuring they find, choose and excel doing what they love to do even as they become career and/or entrepreneurial giants in Africa and beyond.