No issue exists that affects 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 from different countries using low cost online tools to discuss and learn about a critical issue facing their communities.  We then match youth with local organizations to complete projects to combat that issue.

Dedicated to providing youth (ages 12-19) with the global exposure necessary to examine and tackle global issues in 21st century, we seek to foster global partnerships – through global education and youth engagement – to create the next generation of leaders, who will bring about social change in their own communities.

Since 2010, Focal Point Global has implemented youth projects – US-Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Education Initiative and US-Cameroon Child Trafficking Awareness Project – reaching nearly 50 youth from underserved communities in the US, Cameroon, and Namibia.  FPG will continue to collaborate with local organizations, agencies, schools, and donors to transform communities by educating and empowering 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, Dominica, Zambia, 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. Since then, nearly 50 youth have participated in Focal Point Global projects in the US, Cameroon, and Namibia. Focal Point Global will continue to reach more youth through global education, youth empowerment, and social change.

Hussainatu and Hassanatu were 2013 TEDxEmory Speakers and were awarded 2013 Tufts University Young Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2012, Hussainatu and Hassanatu were named 2012 White House Champions of Change for their work with Focal Point Global and featured as 2012 AfroElle Magazine 35 under 35.

Staff
Serena Holguin — Program Coordinator

Serena Holguin is a program coordinator, health education expert, and training specialist with over nine years of experience in curriculum development. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology with departmental Honors, from the University of Texas-El Paso, and her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Education, from California State University Northridge.  Serena has created a sexual health curriculum for the city of El Paso, TX and has experience in teen pregnancy and HIV prevention.  She is currently in the process of becoming a certified Trainer in order to bring her talents and experience to corporate trainings.  For Focal Point Global, Serena is creating a cultural competent HIV prevention curriculum for Namibia and The Gambia utilizing cultural norms and peer to peer mentoring.

Serena Holguin

Advisory Board

  • Martin Ankamah, ‎Market Development at ExxonMobil Chemical
  • Semhal Araya,Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Bisila Bokoko,Founder of Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project
  • Lucy Gray,Educational Technology Consultant at Lucy Gray Consulting
  • Ryan Greene,Director, International Student Center at Seattle University
  • Lawrence James,Founder/President of Connexus Technology, LLC
  • Arnett Mumford,Of Counsel at Molden & Holley LLC