Unity Bridge Initiative’s first Emerge & Unite Global Girls’ Summit will be hosted at T. C. Williams High School on Friday, March 14, 2014. The purpose of this summit is to engage students in a number of activities and discussion about how to boost their confidence, build strong support system through their communities, define their educational goals, and innovatively develop ways that can solve the issues that affect girls globally. Studentshave the opportunity to engage in topics effecting girls globally by way of an open discussion and pre-recorded videos from girls around the world.


We believe - as most do - that by empowering and connecting girls today around education, innovation, self-awareness, and community, we can cultivate a generation of world changers tomorrow.



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"The human capacity to effect remarkable change in this world depends upon only two things – to recognize the power of love and to accept the gift of love. When this is accomplished, we are fashioned with the ability to insert love in every pocket of the world, to draw the most unreachable of populations within arm’s length, to reconstruct the patterns of this world that say the weak and impoverished are helpless. Love tears down negativity. And children, children have an intrinsic ability to love in ways that dissolve the most negative of human conditions. We must remind them – continually – of their incredible strength, and empower them to inspire a world that loves without borders."

Johnetta Saygbe believes that every person has the potential to overcome hardship and to succeed in life. It is a truth that she not only strives to impart to leaders of all ages, but models by example. Born amid the Liberian Civil War, Johnetta experienced unfathomable obstacles at a very

early age. Nevertheless, those experiences taught her an invaluable lesson: it is not circumstances, but rather a person's response to those circumstances that determine the outcome.


Johnetta graduated from George Mason University (GMU) in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in African and African American Studies. A first generation college graduate, she is an Early Identification Program (EIP) alumna and was a recipient of the EIP George Mason University Full Tuition Scholarship. A leader beyond the walls of academia, Johnetta served as a resident advisor for first year and upperclassmen residents, a co-founder of Rain&Snow Ministry, and Vice President of the GMU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) – one of the largest student-managed organizations in the world. While Vice President of GMU-NSBE, she partnered with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative to direct a charity initiative that raised $1,300 to support HIV+ children and adolescents living in Swaziland.

Her extraordinary contributions to the development of multicultural communities have gained global recognition. As a graduating senior, Johnetta received the Spirit of King Award and the Distinguished Quill Student Leadership Award, represented the Class of 2013 as student speaker at George Mason University’s Board of Visitors Meeting, and was invited to travel to Swaziland for a service trip.



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 Jeannette Hordge




 Amber Watson




 Avonda Turner




Cressida Leonard





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 Sharne Cherry




 Jenay Jordan








Natasha Stovall




Cherese Lewis





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Nakia Porter




Cierrra Robinson




Maseray Kamara




Chanel Evans




Facilitator Bios - Coming Soon!

Partner Organizations:

Girls Inspired and Ready to LeadInc.  


Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, Inc. (GIRL) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to mentor and empower teen girls to lead extraordinary lives by excelling in academics, developing leadership skills, engaging in community service, and developing a positive self–image. ​


World Partners for Development


World Partners for Development (WPD) is a dedicated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is making positive impact in peoples’ lives by working in partnership to develop and implement sustainable innovative solutions to some of the most urgent challenges affecting human lives in their communities.


A Bigger PictureInc. 


A Bigger Picture, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making a lasting difference in the lives of girls in grades 7-10 through mentorship, exposure, community service and travel opportunities.


Project Nanzala


Project Nanzala is an organization dedicated to bring transformation through education. Bringing children together and providing them with enough resourcessto stay in school



Desmond Tutu* - Unity Bridge 

Danielle Blunt - GIRL, Inc. 

Karin Ngutta - Unity Bridge

Leeand Diggs - Unity Bridge

Michael Diggins - ACPS

Sunah Hallie - Unity Bridge 

Yassah Ballayan - Unity Bridge 

* Co-Chair 


Summit Sponsors:

Thanks to our generous sponsors for enabling us to host this summit.