10th Anniversary Dreams Campaign 10 Question Series - Rocio Ortega

What is a piece of advice you have for the SEGA girls?

It’s encouraging to see girls talking highly about themselves and other girls. Often times, society wants us to talk bad about ourselves and not believe in our potential. I’m here to say that it’s awesome to see girls “brag” about themselves and how inspiring their friends are. I want to see more girls be supporting of one another and work together to achieve gender equality.

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Penn State's Unforgettable Trip

A small group of fourteen Penn State students volunteered for a trip to SEGA this spring led by Michele Kirsch whose husband is on the board. According to Mitch, the goal of the trip was to “see a place that was advancing girls’ education” and to gain a “sense of appreciation for how this is done, what some of the challenges are, and recognize that there are places in the world that could use our help.” Little did they know how much they would be truly impacted by their time at the school.

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Meet SEGA Co-Founder Blastus Mwizarubi

“As a seasoned professional with decades of experience in education in Tanzania, a teacher by profession, and a skilled program manager, Blastus commanded respect in his position as Board Chair, and helped us at all stages of developing SEGA. His passion and commitment for girls’ education shone through all administrative and governance discussions,” said Polly Dolan who co-founded SEGA in 2007, along with Blastus Mwizarubi.

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10th Anniversary Dreams Campaign 10 Question Series - Lauren Manning

What is a piece of advice you have for the SEGA girls?

It’s a common thing to say “You can’t be what you can’t see,” but I think that for the girls, it’s really important to ask for help from the people around you. Even if it may seem like a certain dream is so inaccessible, just start to ask. It’s important to feel that you aren't alone, in following your path and chasing your dream, but it is also important to know when to ask for help.

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Matthew Plourde
10th Anniversary Dreams Campaign 10 Question Series - Maame Afon Yelbert-Sai

What is a piece of advice you have for the SEGA girls?

Don’t always be focused on the gloom and doom. Bloom and blossom and have fun. And take the time to know your sister. The sisterhood they get to form will go forever. Basically, what I am trying to say to SEGA girls is see people. When you start to really see people it means you are authentically about them, for them, into them and that you see them.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day!

In celebration of International Women’s Day we wanted to highlight our sponsorship program. Sponsorship allows supporters to directly connect and correspond with a student – often forming a close relationship, even from thousands of miles away.  Rather than taking our word for how powerful this program can be for both students and sponsors, we’ve asked several sponsors to share their experience – keep reading to be inspired!

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The True Meaning of Empowerment

The word “empower/empowerment” is everywhere. This past week alone I read it in conjunction with an AAA marketing campaign and on some advertisement for Walmart. Definitions of empower include “to promote self-actualization”. The unfortunate cultural watering-down of the term does a disservice to its genuine meaning. But at SEGA School for Girls, empowerment is happening in the realest of ways.

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SEGA Graduation!

On October 27, 2018, 34 Form 4 students graduated from SEGA having completed their final year of “Ordinary Level” secondary school. Thirty-eight Standard 7 students who finished their last year of primary school and will begin their O-Levels at SEGA next term were also part of this year’s graduating class.

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Nurturing Minds and SEGA Celebrate 10 Years

Earlier this month SEGA and Nurturing Minds celebrated our 10th anniversary with a gala at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Now in its 10th year, SEGA has a lot to celebrate! It’s amazing to believe that 10 years ago SEGA was just a figment of Polly Dolan’s imagination but today the  school serves 270 girls annually on a 30-acre campus with 24 buildings!

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