Global Journey for Children, Inc. offers several youth program initiatives to promote cultural awareness, global citizenship and career mentoring.
We provide books, summer enrichment camp programs and other resources and activities that enhances knowledge about African history and African American history.
We encourage all children to learn about African history, and we provide opportunities for children of African ancestry to be connected with their ancestral traditions.
We believe that by raising awareness of the valuable history and accomplishments of Africans, African American children will develop a positive self-perception and self-identity and be able to confidently navigate some of the barriers and challenges they often face based upon historical inequity in a diverse society.
Angel Harriott is the founder and President of Global Journey for Children, Inc. (GJFC) She is the author of "Journey to Nubia and Kemet: Exploring African History, Culture and Contributions" which is the first in her series of textbooks and workbooks on African History; and it was the catalyst for creating the non-profit organization in 2017. In 2019, she penned and published "Journey to the Sea Islands: Gullah Geechee Good!" addressing the African American heritage and culture in the sea island coastal region. Although it has been a short while since the release of the book and the launch of the nonprofit, she has made the presence of this organization known in the community. She designed the program and continues to build relationships with community leaders to drive the mission of inspiring and empowering young scholars by educating them about the legacy of Black Africans and the positive contributions they made to Africa and the world; and, stressing the importance of cultural literacy for children..
Angel was formally trained at Howard University and Bowie State University. She taught middle school students English and US History while pursuing her degrees and licensure in counseling psychology. She has counseled children clinically and provided career counseling for traditional and non-traditional adult students primarily in STEM occupations. Angel has been instrumental in creating and implementing holistic career development interventions that ultimately connected many young adults to employment in various fields from information technology and cybersecurity to allied healthcare and construction management. In her most recent role, Associate Director for Colleges and Universities for a higher education council, she worked with higher education institutions, nationally, and with businesses and nonprofit associations across industries; Angel also participated on the international panel led by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on"Rethinking Education" which provided the opportunity to share experiences and successful strategies.
Angel launched the Global Journey for Children Summer Camp in 2017, "The Intersection of African History and STEM"TM, exposing elementary through high school students to numerous career pathways and entrepreneurship through the study of African History. Her vision is to have the program implemented in a variety of educational settings and to continue partnering with schools and organizations to expand programs and resources offered through GJFC, Inc.
Soloman Alao, Ph.D. is a board member of Global Journey for Children, Inc. who brings expertise in adolescent psychology and institutional academic assessment. He is currently the Vice President of Outcome Assessment and Program Review at Morgan State University, which was designated as a distinguished public research institution in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also served as a Professor of Teacher Education at MSU and the Faculty Advisory Council for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Alao collaborated with Harriott on a study which was released by Global Journey for Children, Inc. about the perception of identity and race as factors in positive development among children in K-12. The study was conducted during the launch of the Global Journey Summer Camp in June 2017. He has published numerous research studies, including his most recent work directly related entitled, "Data Driven Action Plans for Student Success and Inclusive Excellence".
Alao was formally trained at Delaware State University and University of Maryland at College Park where he earned a doctorate in human development and educational psychology.
Baba Kojo is an instructor for Global Journey for Children, Inc.
His quest for accurate knowledge of his people lead him to become a bibliophile; cofounder and Marketing Director of the African American Writers Guild; cofounder Executive Director and CEO, for 23 years, of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation; and a cultural historian and lecturer who has taught African history and culture at the University of Virginia Saturday Academy; City as School in New York; Bell Multicultural High School; Goding Elementary; and Amidon Elementary School in Washington DC. In 1995, he helped to establish and direct 18 African Centered Study Groups in the Washington Metro area. He is the content editor of the book, "Journey to Nubia and Kemet: Exploring African History, Culture and Contributions" authored by Angel Harriott. He also developed Project Read: An Active Literacy Program that taught children to become proficient or advanced for their grades in language arts including reading, writing, critical thinking, and public speaking.
Baba Kojo was formally trained at Virginia State University in Fine Arts Education. His vision is to have African people acquire equal rights and justice throughout the diaspora.
Army veteran Barbara Robinson is a board member of Global Journey for Children, Inc. who brings expertise in senior human resources management. Robinson retired from federal service in 2016 with more than thirty years of experience in civilian and military personnel programs, including recruitment and staffing, position classification, employee and labor relations, position management, work life programs and workforce analysis. She is an innovative and highly motivated leader with strong interpersonal skills and solid human resource background which she lends to the Global Journey MentorMe Workforce Program.
Barbara earned a BS Degree in History Education & Social Science at Virginia Commonwealth University; and completed graduate course work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Public Administration; and Central Michigan University in Human Resources Administration Graduate Studies.
GJFC, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
GJFC, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.