TCIFA launches ‘Girls On A Mission’ initiative
Published on 27 July 2021
Participants in the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association Girls On A Mission program display their certificates from a July 23, 2021 empowerment workshop.(Photo courtesy TCIFA)
PROVIDENCIALIS, Turks and Caicos Islands (July 26, 2021)—Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) launched its Girls On A Mission (GOAM) campaign on July 22, 2021. The campaign promotes the empowerment of young girls and women through projects and workshops and is guided by the principles of community service.
“GOAM envisions a community engaged in positive change, transformed by service. The programme’s vision is to promote caring and inclusive communities that respect, empower, and value all people to lead better quality lives,” the TCIFA said.
GOAM Project Director and Assistant to the Director of Women’s Football Olivia Graveley said a Concacaf Leaders of Tomorrow workshop was the catalyst for the TCIFA initiative.
“The female leaders in the association and the youth leaders, including the captains of the U-15 and U-17 teams, brainstormed and came up with the idea. We named it because a name gives it life, and then we empowered the captains to recruit their teams,” Graveley said.
Graveley said organizers aim to make GOAM a sustainable, permanent program, rolling out monthly outreach activities that respond to the needs of the community.
“GOAM aims to engage in analyzing and addressing community concerns, explore ways of building strong relationships at various levels of society, and expand footprint with increased support that reaches the length and breadth of the “Beautiful by Nature” Turks and Caicos Islands,” a press release added.
A July 23 girls’ and women’s empowerment workshop, facilitated by Coach Gillian Vernice and a salute from TCIFA President Sonia Fulford, formed part of the launch.
President of the TCIFA Sonia Fulford encourages participants to grow into leadership during a Girls On A Mission empowerment workshop. (Photo courtesy TCIFA)
“It is crucial for us to foster the development of leadership skills in young girls and women as we aim to expand their social circles, enhance their social awareness, and equip them with a platform that allows them to feel like valued contributors to society. We are so excited to be able to provide a forum for them to share their experiences and ideas, and I am certainly moved by each and everyone’s enthusiasm and willingness to take on their roles,” Fulford said.
A day later, GOAM held the first service project—a clean-up campaign dubbed Pick Up For Progress.
“Whilst we are building advocacy to develop strong, compassionate female leaders, we are also finding ways to protect and restore our communities for ourselves, and future generations. #PUFP is just one of the many ways for us to do our part for the country we love. I applaud the work of our participants, not just for speaking up, but for also standing up and taking action,” Graveley said.