“MOTTO:  I am more than just enough, I was Born to Rock!”

The Guyanese Girls Rock Young Women Leadership Academy is dedicated to supporting the development of young female leaders in the Guyanese community.   Through a series of constructive activities, Guyanese girls will be given a unique opportunity to learn from and build trusting relationships with female professionals and mentors.  This bi-weekly Saturday program will  focus on key areas such as building identity, encouraging self-confidence, and developing leadership skills.



Building Identity

YWLA aims to build identity as the first step to developing effective leaders.  Examining identity allows participants to assess the unique set of challenges that they face as young women.  YLP offers Guyanese girls the chance to learn from other Guyanese female leaders about issues that exist in their academic, social, and professional communities.

Encouraging Self-Confidence

The YWLA aims to foster a community of sisterhood that supports participants as they gain confidence in their identities and leadership abilities.   Participants are encouraged to find their own voice and to share their stories as inspiration for other individuals in their communities.  The young women in the program serve as positive role models for each other, creating a supportive network of peers that extends beyond their year in the program.

Leadership Training

The YWLA empowers Guyanese girls by supporting their growth as leaders. As emerging leaders, participants will learn to evaluate their own strengths and growth areas as a key leadership skill.   YWLA provides participants opportunities to attend events and conferences with their peers and opportunities to speak publicly.


During each session, young women will engage in fun and energized discussions facilitated by experienced mentors and youth ambassadors on topics such as body image, self-esteem, bullying, compassion, friendship, dating, peer pressure, role model, substance abuse and much more.  Mentor will also help students to define individual goals and ways to achieve those goals.


During the Spring and Summer school recess, we will facilitate outings to places of interest, e.g. museum, movies,  historic sites and other culture events and trips.


In partnership with industry professionals this life skills initiative aims to raise awareness and educate our young women in  some the following areas.

  • Proper Etiquette
  • Goal Setting
  • Money Management
  • College Readiness
  • Performing Arts
  • Stem Education

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend other youth-related activities and conferences with their peers.


The “Day In The Life of” Site Visits involves tours to corporation and businesses to promote career exploration.  During these visits we aim broaden the girls’ horizons by exposing them to the working world of women in positions of leadership, ownership and power.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about different sectors and professions, and engage in Q&A sessions with positive role models.

If you are a female business owner or hold a position of leadership and would like host our young women, please contact us at contact@guyanesegirlsrockorg.


Dates: Every other Saturday beging January 13 and ending June 10. All registered participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Time: The program will begin at 10am and end 11:30pm. Please pick up your teen by 12:00 noon

Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program.

Location: The program will be at the Teen Center, Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY. 11432.   A few sessions will be held at different venues around New York City and beyond.

Transportation:  Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from sessions.   Applicants may express any concerns about transportation on the application.

Registration: The program is open to high school teens 12-18. Only 12 participants will be accepted. Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact:   (646) 285-6441.  Email:  cloyette@guyanesegirlsrock.org



Please click on links below to complete and submit the following forms
YWLA Application
Liability & Media Release Form


We will review your entire application and let you know our decision within one week . If accepted to the YWLA Program, you will receive an email acknowledging your acceptance.

For any questions, please contact Cloyette Harris-Stoute at cloyette@guyanesegirlsrock.org

Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation