About Alyssa- MA Brandon Mentor / by Evey Sekajipo

I am an alumni from University of South Florida (USF). I graduated from USF in 2012 with a bachelor’s in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Behavioral Health. I have been working as a social worker for children in the foster care system since I graduated from college. I would like to eventually go to graduate school for Social Work.

I chose to be a mentor in Mama Africana because I understand the need for black girls to have someone who looks like them to speak into their life and to share Jesus with them. I wish I had something as special as Mama Africana in my life when I was in middle school and high school. These girls are so special and are beautifully and wonderfully made and I am honored to be walking along side of them as they discover their identity as black girls and also as a daughter in Christ.

There are so many things I enjoy with the girls in my site, but one of my favorite things I enjoy is sitting back and seeing how the girls naturally love on one another. It is so amazing to see the older girls care for the younger girls in our site; it is like a shepherd leading its sheep. It is also a pleasure to witness the girls affirming each other. When one of our girls shares something vulnerable, the other girls in our site will affirm her. It is only through Jesus that this exists. My dreams for the girls are that they grow into who they are as black girls and daughters in Christ and see them change this world. My dream is to see them be a light to their friends in school and make disciples in school; also, to be bold and stand up for their faith and be a light to those around them.