What is GOD Fearing Girls?

 

GOD Fearing Girls is a 501 (c) 3 organization, whose mission is to provide resources to all young girls and women between the ages of 11-19 that will support their success, and prepare them to succeed as well as excel in all areas of their lives.

 

#Empower - our young girls and women to take control of their lives.

 

#Educate - and provide our young girls and women with experiences that will support career, physical, financial and spiritual development.

 

#Inspire – our young girls and women to dream more, learn more, and become more!

A Message from the founder

 

Almost a year and a half ago, I was inspired by my life coach to think about what the life of “April Fields” would look like 20 years from now. As I began to pray on what that looked like, in all areas of my life, I started thinking about future social groups and personal interests. That is when the name “God Fearing Girls” came to me. And I thought, Oh this would be a cute name for a Faith-based t-shirt line! And I started going in that direction. But as I continued to fast and pray for additional guidance and clarity, that is when I received confirmation that God had much larger plans for "GOD Fearing Girls", and wanted to use me to make more of an impact. The vision continued to evolve and a team of people and myself committed to pouring into our young girls and here we are!

 

meet the gfg team

 

Our team is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the young girls that we serve.  With your support, we are able to help make a difference in our communities and develop programs that educate, empower and inspire !

April Fields

Founder & Executive Director

 

Native of Washington, DC

April Fields is a mother, a humanitarian, a visionary, a modern day missionary, a purpose-pusher, and lover of God who is passionate about empowering young ladies to dream big - and take the necessary steps to unlock and pursue their God-given purpose!  April recently finished writing her first book, a reflective journal, which will be published in the fall.

 

She has a heart for serving the underserved both locally and internationally and believes that a “life not lived for others is not a life” (Mother Teresa). She holds a degree in Health Information Technology and has worked with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for over 7 years. If she could work anywhere in the world – she would serve as a traveling missionary. April is committed to the mission of GOD Fearing Girls and is excited about making an impact in the lives of our youth.

 

 

BETH DOUGLAS PERRINE

Vice President of the Board

 

Native of Maryland

Beth Perrine is the daughter of a Civil Rights Activist, Faith Leader, and Community Servant. She leads by example as a Mother, Coach, Mentor and Civil Servant. She is a Faithful Servant of God, Youth and her Community

Her educational background includes an MBA from University of Maryland and a BA from Frostburg State University as well as and Senior Executive Leadership Training from the Federal Executive Institute.

 

She has a Passion to work with children and youth through serving as the Varsity Coach for Cheerleading at Laurel High School, supporting the Church School Ministry for the Washington Annual Conference in the AME Church and volunteer in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Her passion also extends to supporting and helping people through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Youth Advocacy Group. Bold and daring to step out and start her own business, BDP Business Solutions to serve start up organizations and business.

 

 

ANEESHA SCOTT

Secretary of the Board

 

Native of Maryland

Aneesha Scott is a child of God, a Social Worker, Community Servant, Mentor, Daughter, Sister, and Friend. Aneesha believes that her purpose is to advocate for social justice and serve marginalized and/or oppressed groups in our society. Aneesha has a passion for specifically serving and helping children/youth to rise to be the best version of themselves, while also discovering God’s purpose for their lives. She received her MSW from Howard University and her BS in Criminology, Law, & Society from George Mason University. Aneesha works within the D.C. School System, serves at her church within the Youth Ministry and Dance Ministry, and volunteers at local youth Track & Field events. Aneesha is excited to be a part of God Fearing Girls to motivate, empower, and influence young women in the community.

 

 

SCHERRIE COOPER

Board Member

 

Native of Washington, DC

Scherrie Cooper is passionate about teaching youth that they are unique, loved and are born for a great purpose. She loves to be creative and finds exciting ways to bring her ideas to life.  Scherrie is a loving wife, mother of three, author, leader, youth director, and conference host. She has spent the last eleven years serving as a director in the youth department at her local church. Scherrie enjoys teaching teens with practicality, variety, laughter, and fun.

 

She is the first author in her family and is very excited about publishing workbooks and creative lesson plans for youth and youth adults. Scherrie spent several years as an Academic Advisor and Admissions Specialist at the University of Maryland University College.  She continues serving young people with compassion, understanding, and truth. GFG allows her to use her experiences to build and lift up teen girls in and around her community.

 

 

TASHA AKITOBI

Board Member

 

Native of North Carolina

Tasha Akitobi is a mother, wife and former army brat. She is the mother to an amazing, compassionate little boy who brings joy to just about everyone he meets, and a wife to a supportive husband who is a wonderful life partner. Tasha is passionate about devoting her time and talents to work that improves her piece of the world for young people. Additionally, she is committed to doing what she can to impact the ability of others to exercise their human right to health care. Tasha has devoted a great deal of her personal and professional life towards working to improve the health and well-being of people living in under-resourced communities, specifically the lives of young people. The GOD Fearing Girls mission and vision complements her commitment to helping youth realize their full potential.

 

 

Nathalia drew

Board Member

 

Native of Maryland

Nathalia H. Drew comes from Baltimore, MD growing up in a challenging environment made a pledge to herself to never be a victim of her circumstance. Nathalia is passionate about creating opportunities for young girls to live their best lives with confidence, charisma, and good character. She is also passionate about providing opportunities for young women to be exposed to different environments and experiences. She believes that exposure to different things outside of one’s environment provides a catalyst for life long change. The most important role in her life is being an “Auntie” to her nieces, nephews and God-Children. As a woman who does not have children of her own, Nathalia makes time to provide support, encouragement, opportunity, time and love to all children who she has the privilege of being around. Nathalia graduated from Morgan State University with BS in Psychology. She earned her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of MD, Baltimore. She was the first person from her maternal and paternal families to receive a Bachelor and Masters Degrees and set the foundation for her younger relatives to follow in her footsteps. Nathalia is committed to GFG because this organization will allow her to pay it back and forward.

 

 

JORDAN MICHELLE

Social Media Strategist

 

Native of Maryland

Jordan is a student first, a sister and friend. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She is currently a senior in high school, who is going to attend Morgan University to double major in Marketing, and Broadcast Journalism.

 

Her goal for God Fearing Girls is to gather young women like herself through social media to communicate their testimonies, so we can direct them into a positive path.

 

 

AIMEE "BELLA" MBELENGA

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

 

Native of Washington, DC

Aimee Mbelenga also known as “Bella “comes from a diverse cultural background of a military family. She is the second to the youngest of 6 siblings. Most of Bella’s Childhood was spent in Italy. She speaks both French and Italian, and knows working Spanish. She is the first in her family to earn a graduate degree (MBA) in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and a BS in Hotel Restaurant Management from University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).

 

Bella is passionate about making a difference in the community by volunteering her services, and is very honored, humbled and excited to be a part of this amazing organization and team. She looks forward to prospering in her role with God’s Fearing Girls!

 

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