Female Leadership Community at Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize

The Ocean Academy Female Leadership community (FLC) is an elective enrichment program that empowers young women to strengthen their leadership skills, while experiencing growth and identity development through the power of sharing, teamwork, and earned success.

Encourage them in becoming a strong, fierce, and empowered woman! A leader for their community! Working with other young women to create a unique community entirely dedicated to their needs.

The FLC is conducted around 3 units: ignite, educate and agitate.

Ignite: Create community through safe space creation, sharing of stories, empowerment rituals, and sistahood.

Educate: Empower young peoples’ minds through the exploration of the unique issues affecting young women today through reading, researching, and journaling.

Agitate: Become empowered leaders through the development of a community-based action project that will ignite and educate other youth and/or the larger community, and share the values of the FLC community.


We started the New Year with a beautiful game and promise: TO PAY IT FORWARD.

Each FLC lady got a piece of paper attached to her back with her name on it, then all FLC members where ask each give a compliment to another member.
After all received compliments from everyone else in the group the papers got distributed randomly and each person read the list of compliments to the girl it was addressed to and the ritual was completed by shaking hands and saying ‘I will respect you.’
After the list of compliments got returned to its owner and signed with ’I commit to love myself and pay it forward’

Shania got complimented with ‘You always know what to say when the time comes.’

Stephanie received ‘ You are an amazingly funny and smart person.’

For Xena ‘ I love your innocence and your pride.’

Compliment for Anisa ‘ You are a great person.’

Kyra got complimented with ‘ You are a wonderful person that motivates people.’

Cheyenne received ‘ You are a positive person and you have a wonderful mentality.’

For Anifa ‘ You are a very strong person.’