Minnesota African Women’s Association Girls’ Program

Girls’ Program
2207 North 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Tel: 612-588-7666
Fax: 612-588-7972


MAWA is a pan-African women’s non-profit organization providing services and programming of interest to women from all African countries living in Minnesota.

Youth Leadership:  AGILE (African girls initiative for leadership and empowerment) program.
College Attendance Program-a college prep program for junior and senior girls
African Girls Public Policy Training-a month long training workshop

MAWA also provides the Amakolo Rites of Passage Program, a component of the AGILE program for the initiation of young African women into womanhood.  Those who are interested must apply by submitting an application via the internet, or picking up an application from the office.  Each “kolo” has 12-15 girls meeting for 40 hours over a 4-month period.  Seminars, goal setting, and mentorships are all parts of the program.  Participants must be between the ages of 17-21, applications are due February 28th, program begins March.

There are no fees for the programs.

Helpful Contact People:
For more information on Amakolo, contact Paricia Dawa-Charity at 612-302-3400, ext. 109

Service Restrictions:
Participants in the Amakolo rites of passage program must attend a high school or college in Hennepin or Ramsey county and be unmarried.

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