In Liberia, 63.45% Of Young Men Are Literate Compared To Only 27.17% Of Young Women.
Rebound Liberia Seeks To Close This Gender Literacy Gap By Promoting Education And Cultivating Empowerment Through Girls’ Basketball
“The goal of Rebound Liberia is to teach young women reading and writing, health and leadership skills and to empower them to find their unique voices” - Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania”
Rebound Liberia hosts annual tournaments which showcase some of high school basketball top female talents in Liberia. Rebound Liberia will launch its 1st annual event on Friday, November 23rd, 2019. An activities fair where vendors and sports enthusiasts will share knowledge and sell will precede the basketball tournament. Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest presented by ____ will take place in between. Tip off is at ___ as top sophomores, juniors and seniors take the floor.
Rebound Liberia uses daily basketball clinics as a tool for defending gender equality and as a social gathering place that reinforces stability, leadership, cooperation, discipline and a culture of mentorship. The clinics culminate with an end of year tournament that put the young women in the center stage of their community where their talents can be valued.
College and Career Readiness
Rebound Liberia hosts weekly literacy workshops where participants can improve on reading and writing skills through culturally salient and age appropriate material. Participants also get exposure to other opportunities which complement academics such as college readiness, preparing for the next steps after high school, accessing education in Liberia and abroad, and exploring other alternatives if education is not an option.
Personal Development Workshops
Rebound Liberia hosts personal development workshops once a week which serve as a safe space for young women to engage in female specific conversations as well as discussions about pressing issues in Liberia. The young women work together to find practical solutions to address these issues (such as substance abuse, youth unemployment, and sexual abuse/exploitation, e.t.c) in their communities and the country. Rebound Liberia invites working professionals, local women in power, and other experts as panelists, and workshop facilitators.