A Letter from the Executive Director

A Letter from the Executive Director
Welcome to GK Folks Foundation. Words cannot fully express my gratitude for your interest in, and your support for the mission of the GK Folks Foundation. Over the years, I had the opportunity to work with youth, families, and, various African communities supporting them with strategic directions/action plans to address a plethora of challenges.

I am fueled each day because I struggled as an international student when I came to America. For several years, I could not look into the eyes of anyone, whether they were a stranger, acquaintance, or even my colleagues at school/work.

Also, I could not speak in public and as a result held myself back from fully exploring my potential and sharing my talents. I can recall when I finally had the courage to step out of my fears, how disheartening it felt to be ridiculed because of my accent. Surrounded by other Africans, and seeing that I was not alone in this cultural dilemma, I wanted to do something – I wanted to serve. Hence the birth of the Foundation.

I am glad that through the GK Folks Foundation, not only can we instill in young Africans the necessary skills needed to be successful in America, but we can also promote diversity and Africa’s cultural heritage. I am especially honored to lead a foundation committed to empower and support youth to become a catalyst for change and give back to the motherland.

We would not be here today without the generous donations of time, resources, knowledge, and funds from change agents like you. I encourage you to continue supporting our cause by learning more about what we do. You can support African youth by merely increasing your awareness of the diverse African cultures.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Margaret Mead: ”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Together, we can continue changing the world by fueling young change agents and armoring them with the tools they need to succeed within the communities, here and in Africa.

Gloria Mensah