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Janice Ferebee, MSW’98

Janice Ferebee, MSW, featured on Oprah and recipient of the 2003 ESSENCE Award, is a native New Yorker now living in Washington, DC and the Director of the Bethune Program Development Center at the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW). Appointed by the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height, she is responsible for community-based as well as national programs for women and girls of African descent, their families and communities, focusing on health, education, economic empowerment and leadership. She is also an international speaker, girls’ advocate and the self-published author and creator ofGot It Goin’ On® Worldwide, a brand of Ferebee Enterprises International (FEI), which includes – a personal development handbook series and companion curriculum for girls, an award winning Empowerment Program for Girls, and GIGO™ Gear. FEI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for girls around the world through culturally customized non-formal education products and services – with a social purpose –  that focus on girls’ education, equity, and empowerment. Got It Goin’ On® was introduced to Ghana in 2002 and South Africa in 2004 at the Step Afrika International Cultural Festival in Soweto, and Youth and Cultural Summit in Phokeng.  In March 2006, Ms. Ferebee returned to South Africa to promote GIGO™ with the US Consulate and South African youth & cultural projects in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto. Organizations included the Girls Education Movement – a Program of the Department of Education, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Africa, the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society, the Johannesburg High Court and the Child Aid Project in Doornkop, Soweto. Janice visited again in September 2009 with Step Afrika, DC’s Official Cultural Ambassadors. Highlights of her visit included The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (Johannesburg), the BAT Centre Trust (Durban), US Consulate After-School Life Skills Program (Soweto), Gatang Secondary School in Mamelodi (a township East of Pretoria), Diski Dance at the State Theatre in Pretoria, Ekhaya Multi-Arts Center in Kwa Mashu Townhship, and the Agape Childcare Center (both outside of Durban). Janice’s professional affiliations include the Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthy MEdia for Youth, the Advisory Board of the National Center for the Advancement of Urban Youth Development, the Advisory Board of the Tigerlily Foundation (Breast Cancer Awareness), the Live Well DC Community Coalition, and member of the Class of 2011/Leadership America. Ms. Ferebee has over thirty years (30) of expertise advancing the self-empowerment and leadership of girls and young women, including a stint at SEVENTEEN Magazine as their first models editor of African descent. OPRAH, ESSENCE, BET, Heart & Soul Magazine, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and the Washington Informer recognized GIGO™ as an effective empowerment solution for girls. She is currently battling Stage IIb fallopian tube cancer, the rarest of all gynecologic cancers, with dignity, humor and strength. She speaks to audiences around the world and it’s been said that everyone who hears her leaves more uplifted than when they came. “She brilliantly mixes her street-knowledge with her wit to successfully empower, educate and inspire!”  Janice stands upon the shoulders of relatives such as her mother, Mary Elizabeth Ferebee, Alpha Kappa Alpha woman and Special Education Administrator; and grandmother, Lillian Grant, who knew Mary McLeod Bethune.  She also lives her life in honor of those who have gone before her like great aunt, Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, 2nd National President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and 10th National President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height, civil and human rights icon and President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Ms. Ferebee holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., dedicated to inspiring and empowering females/youth around the world.

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