There is no issue affecting society that does not impact youth.

– Hassanatu and Hussainatu Blake, Founders, Focal Point Global

Youth face pressing global challenges such as HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and high levels of unemployment everyday. Therefore, youth must be educated and empowered to be apart of creating the solutions.

Focal Point Global (FPG) is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to educate and empower the world’s youth to address social issues and create social change. We connect youth (ages12-19) from different countries using EdTech programming to discuss and learn about a global issue facing their communities.  We then match youth with local organizations to complete projects to combat that issue.

Since 2010, Focal Point Global has implemented global EdTech projects connecting over 300 youth participants from underserved communities in the US, Cameroon, The Gambia, Namibia, and South Africa.  FPG will continue to collaborate with local organizations, agencies, schools, and donors to transform communities by utilizing EdTech to empower youth to bring about social change.

Founders and Executive Directors

Hassanatu and Hussainatu Blake

Founders

Focal Point Global was found by identical twins – Hassanatu and Hussainatu Blake, who were born in Limbe, Cameroon, raised in Baltimore, MD, and traveled, studied, lived, and worked with youth in several countries such as Namibia, South Africa, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Germany. In 2009, the Blakes embarked on a journey to make tough conversations like HIV and child trafficking the norm for all young people and inspire them to be the change. Upon their return to the US, after living and working in Southern Africa, the twins gained a sense of urgency to start conversation about HIV after reading an article about HIV prevalence in Washington, DC. They knew youth have a high risk of contracting HIV and began to understand the parallels between youth in underserved communities globally. They believed that regardless of geography, youth around the world could learn from and empower each other to create change in their communities around HIV.

At that moment, Focal Point Global was born and incorporated in 2010. Focal Point Global is dedicated to reach youth through global education, youth empowerment, and social change.

The sisters both earned their Bachelors Degrees from Tufts University. Hussainatu earned her Masters Degree in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and her law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.  Hassanatu earned her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University Rollins School and her MBA from Plymouth State University. Hassanatu and Hussainatu were featured in Black Enterprise in 2015, served as 2013 TEDxEmory Speakers, and recognized as 2012 United States White House Champions of Change.

Staff

Serena Holguin

Serena Holguin

Program Manager

Jaria Jallow

Jaria Jallow

Gambia Program Intern

D'Andre Carter

D'Andre Carter

Communication/Marketing Intern

Meme Thi Trinh

Meme Thi Trinh

Global Program Intern

Danesh Jaiprashad

Danesh Jaiprashad

IT Officer