2018 S.T.A.R.S. Conference

  • Let Girls Learn
  • Ghana
This project is led by Hannah Heyman, a Volunteer from Maine

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Girls learning by doing hands-on at S.T.A.R.S
Students learn through hands-on activities at the S.T.A.R.S Conference

STARS stands for Students Taking Action Reaching For Success. It is a week-long engaging and interactive leadership conference for Senior High School (SHS) and Junior High School (JHS) Form 2 students in Ghana. Peace Corps Ghana has been hosting this conference in partnership with theKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The purpose of this event is to give bright and promising students access to mentors and activities which will help them realize their potential and talents, set realistic life goals, and offer coaching for making healthy life choices. The ultimate goal is to help bright students attain an equally bright future. Furthermore, STARS focuses on how both boys and girls can play a role in empowering young women. We believe the combination of leadership and gender development will create a long lasting impact. In all, 20 SHS students and 40 JHS students are expected to participate in the camp. We will have 30 female and 30 males, ages ranging in 10 to 20 years. Counterparts will be an integral part of STARS camp. There will be twelve (12) counterparts. They will be leading sessions for the students as much as possible, while providing their own success stories as motivation for continued work and education. The counterparts will also serve as role models, paired with groups to help lead discussions and any questions the students may have. Following the camp, the counterparts will be in the communities ensuring that the students bring back their new knowledge and skills and act as leaders in their communities.

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