Dear AGYA Friends & Supporters,
I am writing to formally announce my decision to resign from my position as Executive Director of the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association, an organization I co-founded in 2008. I am so proud of everything that AGYA has accomplished under my leadership in the past 3 years, including impacting more than 2,000 Ugandan youth through initiatives like the AGYA Girls Program, the Recording Our Dreams Studio, Reel Talk: Confronting Global Gender Disparities Through Digital Media as well as exciting partnerships with great institutions like TOMS Shoes, One Laptop Per Child, and the University of Southern California.
Although this chapter of my life has come to an end, I am thrilled to share with all of you that I will begin a new chapter in less than 3 months when I will welcome my first child - a baby girl due in April 2012. As I prepare to begin my journey as a new mother, I have relocated from Uganda to my home state, Wisconsin, where I will be working with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee as a Youth Development Coordinator. I am excited about continuing my career in the non-profit sector and the opportunity to utilize my extensive international youth development experience to make a positive impact on urban youth in my home state, Wisconsin.
Effective February 1, 2012, Abraham Matovu has taken over all duties and responsibilities related to the management of AGYA. This is consistent with our original vision for AGYA to be an organization run by and for native Ugandans. It is my hope that AGYA's leadership team will continue to make strides towards achieving our mission of creating safe, supportive, sustainable learning environments where African youth can develop leadership skills and express themselves creatively.
Thank you for supporting AGYA and sharing our strong belief that youth have the potential and power to be the main drivers of social change, ethical leadership, and economic development in Africa in the 21st Century.