Empowering Girls and Women

Every Girl and Woman Can Dream Big and Fulfill their Dreams if they Take Action

Every girl and woman can be empowered to pursue their dreams with confidence, learn to lead themselves and others, and be the light for other girls and women in the community.

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Our Mission

Empowering Girls and Women to become and fulfill their dreams with confidence.

According to research, girls’ confidence between the ages of 8 and 14 drops by 30 percent. The author of  The Confidence Code for Girls found that girls often experience low levels of confidence between their tween and teen years, girls’ confidence that other people like them fall from 71 percent to 38 percent — a 46 percent drop. An OECD study also revealed that girls around the world lag behind boys in math and science, because of a lack of confidence. Confidence has a role to play in the girl’s abilities in school. According to research, only 38% of women hold top management positions despite the fact that more than half of the workforce are women.

Girls Can Dream Big 2 intends to modify these statistics by empowering girls and young women with confidence and leadership development skills and programs to improve their abilities in school. Through confidence, and communication including public speaking, competence, and leadership development programs, the girls and young women will be better equipped to do well in school all around including STEM-related disciplines. The girls who come through our programs will not only dream big but will be equipped with the right skills to help them succeed in life.

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Value Statement

Our values

Our values are at the core of everything we do. We believe in empowering girls and young women to realize their full potential and become leaders in their communities. We achieve this through promoting confidence, competence, and leadership development skills in all aspects of our programs.

Are you interested in collaboration and partnership opportunities?

Are you interested in collaboration and partnership opportunities. We are always seeking ways to invest in Girls Can Dream Big 2. Please contact us today to discuss potential opportunities.


Mentoring and Coaching

Research also informs us that (mentoring.org) students who are in mentoring programs are: 59% more likely to earn better grades. 52% less likely to skip school. 81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities. 55% more likely to enroll in college

78% more likely to volunteer regularly, 90% are interested in becoming a mentor

130% more likely to hold leadership positions. Our mentoring and coaching programs provides mentoring and coaching opportunities to girls and young women for a period of a minimum of a year.

Why Choose Us

Empowering Women and Girls

Experienced Mentor

Our mentors are carefully selected based on their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to empowering young women


We aim to create a community of support, empowerment, and collaboration that inspires girls and women to become leaders


We strive to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where girls and young women can feel comfortable being themselves

Our Team

Our team is made up a powerhouse of women who collectively have over 50 years of work experience in various industries. Learn more about our team.


Dr. Maurine Kwende

Dr. Maurine Kwende is the Founder of Girls Can Dream Big 2, a non-profit for women and girls focused on education and community empowerment. Maurine’s purpose is to empower others especially women and girls to dream big, take action and reach their full potential. Prior to founding the non-profit, she has over 20 years of work experience in the field of learning and development. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies Design Research from George Mason University with research interests in decision-making, artificial intelligence (AI), workplace learning and emerging technologies. Maurine wears many hats and believes you can be anything you want to be in life if you take action.

Tina Fisher

Board Member

Kelly Neff

Board member


What They Say

"I have been a mentor with Girls Can Dream Big for over a year, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Being able to guide and support young women as they navigate the challenges of growing up and finding their place in the world has been an honor. Girls Can Dream Big has provided me with the resources and support I need to be an effective mentor, and I have seen firsthand the positive impact it has on the lives of the young women I work with."

"Girls Can Dream Big has been a transformative experience for me. Before joining the program, I struggled with confidence and self-doubt, but the supportive and empowering environment created by the organization helped me to find my voice and realize my full potential. The leadership development and mentorship opportunities provided by Girls Can Dream Big have helped me to become a more confident and capable young woman, and I am grateful for the impact it has had on my life."

"As a community leader, I have had the opportunity to work with Girls Can Dream Big on several occasions, and I am consistently impressed by the organization's commitment to empowering girls and young women. Their programs are thoughtfully designed and delivered, and I have seen firsthand the positive impact they have on the lives of participants. Girls Can Dream Big is a valuable resource for our community, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."

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