WHO ARE WE?:
Women and Kids Empowerment (WAKE) is a U.S.-based nonprofit supporting girls’ educational and social development needs in New York City and Guinea, West Africa. Founded in 2017 by Batouly Camara, 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 honorees, 2020 ESPYs Billie Jean King Sports Humanitarian honoree, UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate,
TEDx Speaker, Professional Basketball Player, humanitarian, and author, and PH.D Student. WAKE will be the predominant sports academy for young girls in Guinea, with a world-class sports facility, and education opportunities to build future leaders.
WAKE aims to educate, equip, empower and inspire young girls, ages 5-12 and 12-18, in New York and Guinea through sound academics, sports, cross-cultural exchange, and entrepreneurship programming.
By investing in young girls’ holistic growth through multicultural education, sport and outreach programs, WAKE fosters a chain reaction to nurture empowered women.
WAKE’s mission is to develop teen girls’ self-confidence by increasing access to opportunities and resources, enabling them to face their national and global future. A sound academic education, elite basketball training, holistic and cross-cultural education will empower them to mature and walk out into their future lives with courage.
SPORT FOR EMPOWERMENT
We understand the importance of using sport as a catalyst to educate, equip, and empower the next generation of influential female leaders.
We believe that when you assign a girl, you empower a nation. It is our duty to provide access, opportunities, and resources for them to step into their limitless potential!
Studies have found that promoting sports among girls can help improve their physical health and build self-esteem, courage, and leadership.
According to a study from Cornell University, teenagers who played sports developed stronger leadership skills, worked better in teams, and demonstrated more confidence. The study also stated: “Participation in competitive youth sports spills over to occupationally advantageous traits that persist across a person’s life.”
Throughout a child's life, sport and play can be valuable tools to promote health and prevent disease, both through sport itself and through the participatory act of watching others play, with the associated communication, education, and social interaction that games can produce.
Sport is a good entry-point for promoting life skills-based education and healthy lifestyles, including the values of physical fitness, proper nutrition, and how to make choices that positively impact health.
Evidence shows that sport and play enhance child development and learning and encourage better academic performance.
We aim to provide consistent and reliable educational resources through educational scholarships, tutoring services, English classes, and study abroad opportunities for young girls worldwide. To do so, we use sport as the main tool to teach skills such as organization, teamwork, health and wellness, self-discipline, andhow to build meaningful relationships.
All these goals are only possible by collaborating with global organizations and the greater community across all our actions.