Honoring Black history: Nonprofit empowers young girls through leadership program

DETOUR named 2020 “Outstanding Organization for Diversity and Inclusion” by The Association of Fundraising Professionals!

About Us

DETOUR is a mentoring program for girls of color. Our vision is to see equity and inclusion for teen girls of color in higher education and priority sector employment. Our mission is to increase access to education and employment opportunities for girls through our Focused And Naturally Confident Youth (F.A.N.C.Y.) Leadership programs (Expo, Leadership Academy, and Ambassador Internships.)

We provide a series of educational workshops and activities to engage teen girls by fostering a safe-space allowing them to express themselves, ask questions surrounding their experiences, and create positive relationships with females to enhance growth and development. Our evidence-based curriculum includes lessons on confidence building, personal growth, developing leadership skills, accountability, and team building.

Our world is in desperate need of programs that introduce girls of color to fields and demonstrations they are not typically exposed to. DETOUR sets out to dismantle stereotypes while building the girls up with self-confidence and the desire to pursue their passions, regardless of today's societal boundaries.


“I think this is an empowering group. Personally, it helped me get better at a lot
of things in my personal life, so I think it will be good for other teen girls as well.”
–Branisha Jones, 11th Grade

The FANCY Ambassador Internship Program

Interested in a community-based paid internship that's all about empowering and inspiring the female voice!?

Being a F.A.N.C.Y. Ambassador will allow you to successfully gain the tools you need to enter and thrive in the workforce! No matter what the next step on your journey is (College/Entrepreneurship/Military/Trade School) this program will assist in your preparation.

FANCY Ambassador

F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Leadership Academy

We are committed to connecting and empowering girls in San Diego County through providing leadership programs, increasing awareness/education, and hosting empowerment events which increase self-esteem & confidence. The F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Leadership Academy is a DETOUR youth development mentorship program which places an emphasis on improving the self-esteem and self-awareness of teen girls ages 11-17.


We are accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year. If you would like to put your name on a waitlist for the program, please fill out the form below.

F.A.N.C.Y. Leadership Academy Page
F.A.N.C.Y. Leadership Academy 2022-23 Waitlist

Join the F.A.N.C.Y. Movement

With the help of donors and supporters, we’ve made an impact by reaching and engaging the community to provide teen girls with positive role models and learning and development opportunities. Since 2010, our events have served over 1,000 teen girls and engaged a significant number of parents, organizations and community volunteers.

In order to continue our work, expand our impact, and close the gap on our current needs, we need to accelerate our fundraising and build more relationships.

We invite you and your organization to be a part of our innovative way of making a difference through helping our Focused And Naturally Confident Youth! We are currently seeking partnerships with individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations for our F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Leadership Programs!


San Diego Voice & Viewpoint - Under 40 Award

San Diego Women Civil Rights Leaders - RISE San Diego

San Diego County Live Well Partnership

Molina Community Champion Award

Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honor Award, San Diego LGBT Center

Black Girlz Rock San Diego - Community Change Award

Black Girlz Rock San Diego - Princess Award, Tatiana Jones

Girl Force USA - Service in Leadership Award

Blue Heart Foundation Community Activist of the Year Award

Gates Millennium Scholarship, Tatiana Jones

Golden Pyramid Scholarships – SD County Urban League, Ashley Anders & Destiny Greene

Black Girls LEAD Program in New York, Brittany Jasper

"I See Your Greatness Award" from Enterprising Women Magazine, Brittany Jasper

San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Brittany Jasper

African-American Leaders 4 Tomorrow - California Legislative Black Caucus, Jaelynn Woods

Champion of Pride Award - San Diego LGBT Pride



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