Contributed by: Daja Martinez, GEN Development Intern
Danielle Bailey has joined Girls Empowerment Network as a Program Manager in GEN’s Houston office. We’re over the moon that Danielle has joined our team, and recently interviewed her so that we could share more about her background and passions with our community.
What’s your background? What experiences have had an impact on your decision to work in girls empowerment?
I graduated from University of Houston with my Bachelors or Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. My experience working with at- risk youth started out in high school when I had the opportunity to mentor elementary,middle and high school students in grades kindergarten though fifth. During my undergrad I had the opportunity to intern at Community in Schools Houston Inc, interning as a consultant. Lastly, I worked as a Dance Director teaching girls the skills to build confidence, identity and self-esteem through dance.
As an elementary student through my years in high school I experienced bullying. It has impacted my decision to pursue a career that will allow me to help girls develop self- worth and have a voice.
What excites you most about your role at GEN?
What excites me about being Program Manager is the personal interaction that I will have with girls and volunteers. I’m so excited to ignite power in girls by teaching them the skills to thrive and believe in their ability to become unstoppable. I’m excited to introduce girl connect in Houston schools and watch all girls thrive.
What do you think is one of the biggest challenges girls today are facing?
I think the biggest challenge that girls are facing today is self- efficacy.
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