philanthropy

J. Marcelle’s professional initiatives stem from a number of philanthropic angles and platforms. She believes giving back and cultivating new and young talent is crucial to her work as a producer and content creator. Through the efforts of her foundation Girls With Knowledge, and other board affiliations , J. Marcelle is passionate about making impact on a global scale.

(Founder) Girls With Knowledge, Inc. (GWK) provides resources of empowerment to the most marginalized girls and women globally to help them discover and fulfill their fullest potential and affect positive change.

The Goal: is to serve as a strong support network for girls, during their critical journey to independence in becoming young social activists and global business leaders who respond to human need and fight for human rights around the world.

The Target: young women, femmes, and gender non-conforming/gender non-binary youth of color ages 9-18 facing housing instability, classified as “over-age and under-credited” (OA-UC) or susceptible to school drop-out and inter-generational transmission of poverty.

(Founder) The Global Goddess Experience (The GGE) is GWK's collective of female leaders joining together in a reciprocal exchange legacy project to provide resources of education, access, opportunity and action to women of developing nations. The GGE manifest itself as a 360° impact travel experience that takes women on a journey of self-discovery and cultural immersion to establish inclusion, address entrepreneurial challenges and ensure sustainability.

(Board Member) Bridges Global Medical Mission is an organization that specializes in providing gynecology and obstetrics to women and children in parts of Guyana, South America, where medical care isn’t available.

In 2013, J. Marcelle served as the Executive Director for the Jim Arden Foundation, a U.S. based NGO that provides funds to the Tanzania Community Development Organization (TACODO). Through this organization, J. Marcelle managed to gather resources needed to refurbish a children’s orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. They were able to build a new computer lab and library that the community could use to take English as a Second Language courses along with various computer classes. These classes allow the locals to learn necessary skills and communication to help them gain employment as translators, travel guides, and computer techs. This orphanage was so important to this region, because even though education is free in Arusha, most schools require the students to have money for uniforms, shoes, lunch, and transportation. J. Marcelle spent a month in Arusha with the Jim Arden Foundation and was able to provide free lunches for the students along with overseeing the installation of new computers and printers for the school’s computer lab. She even helped create a soccer club and helped get the players uniforms and shoes to develop extracurricular activities.