Last week, the White House recognized 10 individuals from across the country as White House “Champions of Change” for extracurricular enrichment, afterschool, and summer programming for marginalized girls, including girls of color. One of the award recipients was Clemmie Perry, the founder of the Tampa non-profit Women of Color Golf (WOCG).
The “Champions of Change” honorees were selected by the White House for their leadership in developing and supporting high-quality afterschool and extracurricular programs that create opportunities for girls from marginalized communities so that all young people can reach their full potential.
One key issue that girls from marginalized communities often face is access to extracurricular programs and summer enrichment activities that allow them to become stronger students, leaders, and citizens. For girls to reach their full potential, they need safe and nurturing community and school environments where they can learn, grow and thrive within the school day hours and beyond. Extracurricular programs enrich their understanding of the arts and the sciences, reinforce the skills learned in school, promote health and wellness, and foster their confidence and leadership.
It’s no surprise Perry was chosen; in two short years, her programs WOCG and Girls on the Green Tee (GOTGT) has trained nearly 300 women and girls of color on the basic fundamentals of the game: