Felicia Fonrose, middle back row with her team, and mentees of Felicia’s Promise, after a day of fun in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn-based Felicia’s Promise Inc., a mentoring program geared towards the development of primarily disadvantaged girls of color 12 to 18, from underrepresented communities, started as a ministry at Bethany Church, in 2019, and has made super strides in its outreach programs to help the youths realize their fullest potential.
Founder and Executive Director, Felicia Fonrose, told Caribbean Life recently, that her passion to serve, inspire, and support young girls who are driven, were her ultimate goals for launching the program, at the church, she attends, and where the church’s fellowship hall and her home address, serves as a base for in-person sessions and the organization’s activities.
The humanitarian explained that Felicia’s Promise, now has 501 © 3 non-profit status, since filing for the tax-exempt program in August 2020, during the pandemic.
“We ended our pilot summer program in August 2021 and are in full session since October 2021,” she said, noting that the organization is mostly virtual until the pandemic is under control.
“We have promised and are honored to play a role in helping them realize and reach their fullest potential,” she said of the grass-roots group.
“As we help them develop marketable skills, attain higher education, career opportunities and become financially self-reliant, we are devoted to increasing their confidence, purpose, and self-esteem,” said Fonrose, the Bedford Stuyvesant-born former owner of a day-spa, she operated for 12 years in Clinton Hill.
Fonrose, the wife of a Trinidad-born, who began hosting the youths at her place of business said, through the program, she connected with her mentees in a way that moved her to do more every chance she got.
Knowing that her potential is unlimited, Felicia has promised that with God’s blessing she would encourage, uplift, and support more young ladies who faced some challenges just as she had. As such, the girls develop, as the program grows and as “we acquire more girls, we will create mentoring groups for a more personalized experience,” she said. Click here to read more