2022 Black Girl Freedom Fund Grantees
G4GC’s Black Girl Freedom Fund (BGFF) is thrilled to announce our second round of grantee partners! Our newest grantee partners across the U.S. and territories were selected with a focus on organizations that nurture the leadership and organizing capacity of Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth. They were chosen by six Black girls and gender-expansive youth from BGFF’s Grantmaking Council, ages 14 to 22.
Grantmaking Council members came together to define what leadership means to them, explore the field of philanthropy, learn about G4GC’s practice as a resource mobilizer, co-create our vetting process for funding, and share their wisdom to better serve Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth.
This year we invested over $4 million in our 68 grantee partners, funds that will directly nurture the dreams, power, and leadership of Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth.
Learn more about these 68 incredible organizations, and how their work positively impacts our communities and the lives of Black girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth. Visit the 1Billion4BlackGirls.org page to learn about BGFF and the #1Billion4BlackGirls initiative and learn about how it all started September of 2020.
Mentoring Atlanta’s Black girls in STEAM careers
—Angels N Tech
Angels N Tech is a mentoring organization established to support Black girls ages 11-18 in exploring the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) as career choices across Atlanta. Through teaching, mentoring, partnering with parents, and fostering interest in STEAM, they offer a variety of year-round programs to assist girls in reaching their fullest potential.
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Mentorship and wellness for girls of Color
—Beauty Marks for Girls
Founded in 2011, Beauty Marks for Girls is a leadership program for girls whose mothers are incarcerated, that offers girls a safe place to grow, build community and receive mentorship in Reidville, SC. Their programs and services include monthly care packages, mental health and wellness, teaching financial stability, college scholarships, and career development.
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Celebrating and enriching the lives of Black girls
—Black Girl Magic Educational Services
Created in 2017, Black Girl Magic Educational Services, Inc. provides various opportunities to celebrate 4th-8th grade Black, African American, and Multiracial girls in Madison, WI by creating enriching experiences led by Black women. Their programs, which now serve more than 1,000 girls, continue the spirit of their annual Black Girl Magic Conference and include Sister Circles (virtual spaces to discuss racial and social justice and identity), the Mindfulness in the Park summer program, Black Women at Work program, as well as social-emotional development and arts cultural immersion.
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Advocacy and development for Black girls to thrive
—Ms. Gabbi, BGB Executive Director
Created in 2018, Black Girl Tribe is dedicated to the betterment of Black girls under the age of 25 by advocating for change, having holistic programming, and increasing access to sustainable resources for girls to thrive and survive. Over three years, they have served more than 1,000 girls through mentoring, conferences, and advocacy efforts, and have created 150 “Village Professionals” through their professional development training.
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Creating space for Black girl storytelling through film
—Black Girls Film Camp
Based in Gastonia, NC, Black Girls Film Camp offers a safe space for Black girls in high school to learn, embrace their authentic selves, and tell their stories through film. Through their programs, they create avenues for more Black girls to enter the media industry to positively influence their stories and representation on both sides of the camera.
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Fortifying Black girl development and wellness through dance
BLOOM Dance is a community engagement organization in Harvey, LA, which aims to fortify the mental and social-emotional health, development, and wellness of youth and Black girls through dance education. By providing students with exceptional dance training, yoga, arts & crafts, wellness workshops, and performance opportunities, their programming nurtures confidence and self-awareness.
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Mindfulness and entrepreneurship for Black women and girls
Founded in 2017, Bmore Empowered is a Baltimore, MD, non-profit dedicated to empowering women and girls of Color ages 9-17 through mindfulness and entrepreneurship. Their key programming focuses on workshops, training, and gatherings to support Black and Brown girls in Baltimore City, and centers on four core principles: sisterhood, self-esteem, mindfulness and entrepreneurship. They have served more than 3,000 families and 90 summer camp participants as of April 2022.
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Building capacity and grassroot leadership for women and girls
—Nickey Nesbeth, Founder & Executive Director
Boston Girls’ Empowerment Network (BGEN) is a citywide network established in 2013 to increase collaboration opportunities for women and girl-serving organizations in the Boston area, and focuses on advocacy, capacity building, collaboration, and grassroots leadership development. They serve 200-250 youth annually through hands-on training that centers on West African Afro-Femme Leadership (AFL).
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Holistic healing and programming for Black girls in the Central Valley
—Jamillah Finley, Founder & Executive Director
BreakBox Thought Collective fosters a holistic, arts-integrated approach to healing the Fresno, CA community by providing culturally responsive events, economic opportunities, and programs that create lasting impact in the Central Valley through cross-sector collaboration. They offer a variety of youth programs, including The Fresno Black Girl Magic Project (BGMP) – a Rites of Passage internship program for Black females ages 11 to 18 that foregrounds and empowers young voices.
Healing, justice, and liberation for femmes and folks of Color in NYC
—Brown Girl Recovery
Founded in 2017, Brown Girl Recovery (BGR) is a Black and queer-led organization that creates grassroots healing spaces for Black and Brown community members ages 18-35 living in the Bronx and northern Manhattan. Through the facilitation of innovative social justice programming and events, they serve marginalized community members through peer-to-peer counseling support, ancestral healing circles, and comprehensive healing and social justice education.
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Developing confident girls of Color leaders in the U.S.
Founded in 2013, Butterfly Dreamz, Inc. helps more than 500 girls of Color develop into leaders who achieve their dreams and fill the roles of leadership in this nation and world. Through its Cocoon Club program, Butterfly Dreamz connects girls from marginalized communities to mentorship, scholarships, and holistic leadership development, equipping girls to be confident leaders who disrupt the status quo.
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Inspiring Black girls in Texas to be brave, strong, and creative
—Camp Founder Girls
Founded in 1924 as America’s first historically Black summer overnight camp for girls, Camp Founder Girls provides an immersive week-long overnight camp centered on bravery, confidence, creativity, and strength every year for Black girls in 3rd-8th grades in San Antonio, TX. They have served about 140 girls since 2019, and will have 160 campers for 2022.
Racial justice advocacy and youth leadership in Puerto Rico
Founded in 2011, Colectivo Ilé is a racial justice organization dedicated to anti-racist community organizing and the development of afro-leadership in Puerto Rico. Serving more than 50 youth annually, they work to create systemic, institutional, and cultural changes that lead to the eradication of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.
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Youth leadership development to move courageously and with discipline
—Marquetta Atkins, Executive Director
Created in 2015, Destination Innovation aligns boldly-resilient young people in Wichita, KS, with the tools and mindset to move courageously, with purpose and discipline, and to activate underserved communities. They serve more than 200 youth and girls of Color annually through leadership development focused on entrepreneurship, STEM, juvenile justice, and civic engagement.
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Healing and liberation for Detroit’s youth
—Detroit Heals Detroit
Founded in 2018, Detroit Heals Detroit takes a holistic approach to combating trauma by shifting to a healing-centered perspective, reminding young people ages 12-21 that they are not just their trauma, while building consciousness and organizing against social inequities that uphold trauma. Their work builds access to healing, joy, new possibilities, and liberation for more than 350 youth of Color across Detroit.
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Every Black girl needs to know and believe that her legacy and her imprint on the world matters.
—Maria I, Melendez, Founder and CEO
Based in NY, Embrace Her Legacy Foundation is an organization dedicated to the well-being and development of millennial women and Gen Z girls of Color, helping them overcome internal and external challenges to fulfill a purpose-driven legacy. They have impacted 15,000+ women and girls worldwide in over 35 countries through their various programs, workshops, social media, and podcasts, which focus on transformative leadership and social-emotional development.
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Ensuring safety and protection for Black college students
—Envisioning Safety on our Campuses Now
Created in 2020, Envisioning Safety on our Campuses Now (ESOC) is a project committed to building infrastructure for intercampus student organizing and providing political education rooted in the Black Radical Tradition in Washington, DC and Maryland. Led by student organizers, student affairs professionals, faculty, administrative staff, and community organizers, they create spaces to address safety and protection amongst college students and alternative practices to the school-to-prison pipeline seen in higher education.
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Black womxn-led environmental liberation across the Afrikan Diaspora
Created in 2020, Generation Green is Black youth and womxn-led intergenerational network, community, and platform that fortifies the leadership of young people in the environmental liberation movement throughout the Afrikan Diaspora. Through cultural, grassroots, and digital organizing across countries, their work connects environmental and social justice movements that strive to reimagine a regenerative and abundant world.
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Supporting Black girls to become leaders and successful entrepreneurs
—Get Girls Going
Based in Boston, MA, Get Girls Going (GGG) is a non-profit organization that encourages and guides Black teen girls to become entrepreneurs as a way to increase the representation of true leadership in business. GGG runs a 6-week intensive summer incubator that supports teen girls as they enter their womanhood with the skills and networks to become leaders and successful entrepreneurs.
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Yoga and meditation retreats supporting the emotional health of Black girls
Created in 2017 in Chattanooga, TN, Girl Stance, Inc., offers programs and retreats designed for school-aged Black girls in vulnerable communities interested in exploring emotional health, fitness, creativity, meaningful relationships, economic resources, and leadership via yoga and meditation. They serve over 2000+ youth annually, and their 3-day retreat is now offered virtually to girls of Color around the country.
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STEM education and tech inclusivity for girls of Color
—Girls Dream Code
Created in 2020, Girls Dream Code focuses on STEM education, youth & community development for minority and low-income girls in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. By providing free tech workshops, events, and resources, they promote opportunities in technology for girls of Color, increase tech inclusivity, and create a safe space for young girls to feel comfortable and excel in all that they do. They have served 135 girls as of April 2022.
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STEM education and tech inclusivity for girls of Color
—Girls Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
Created in 2004, Girls Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area focuses on programming and supports for girls and non gender conforming youth between the ages of 11-15 to lead healthy lives, achieve academic success in school, and gain confidence. Their work increases access and opportunities that equip girls to lead healthy and physically active lives, achieve academically, and advocate for themselves and others.
Learn more about Girls Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and donate here.
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Cultivating Black girl magic with digital storytelling
—Founder and Executive Director, La’Keisha Gray-Sewell
Founded in 2012, Girls Like Me Project supports Black girls ages 11-17 in Chicago to critically examine social, cultural, and political ideologies in storytelling and media so that they will be able to overcome stigmas and negative stereotypes. They equip girls with the tools and strategies to become influential, independent digital storytellers who transform their communities and foster global sisterhood. As of April 2022, they serve 300 girls annually.
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Guiding Black and Latinx girls on voyages of self-discovery
—Ashley Castillo, Peer Mentor
Founded in 2019, Girls Mentor Girls creates opportunities for Black and Latinx youth in the Bronx and NY metro area who identify as girls to embark on a voyage of self-discovery and self-determination through peer mentorship and community connections—brave spaces where they are supported to build strong supportive relationships, overcome adversity, and become leaders in their community and beyond. They have served nearly 50 youth since its inception.
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Incubating the powerful voices of Black and Latinx girls
—Global Girl Media
Created in 2010, Global Girl Media Los Angeles (GGMLA) incubates the powerful voice and leadership capacity of BIPOC teenage girls in under-served communities by teaching them digital storytelling and journalism skills, which they then use to create stories that uplift the value and leadership of girls of Color. They have served 350 girls as of April 2022.
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Performing arts education for Black girls and women
—Global Girls, Inc.
Established in 2000, Global Girls, Inc. is a youth engagement and performing arts organization empowering African American girls and women primarily on Chicago’s south side. Focusing on arts education and presentation, social/emotional and leadership development, they facilitate school-based and after-school programs, work with youth in partnership with other organizations, conduct parent and professional development workshops, and present participant-driven theater.
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Black-led abolitionist community centering legal empowerment
—Harriet’s Wildest Dreams
Based in Washington, D.C., Harriet’s Wildest Dreams is a Black-led abolitionist community defense hub centering on all Black lives at risk for state-sanctioned violence in the Greater Washington area. Their work includes legal empowerment, political and civic education, mass protest, organizing campaigns, and community care that builds alternatives to oppressive systems.
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Supporting middle and high school girls to be leaders in tech
—Hope for Youth, Inc
Established in 2017, Hope for Youth, Inc (HYPE) equips middle and high school girls of Color in Georgia to become future leaders in tech. Through interactive coding camps and programs, high school internships, and more, HYPE addresses early disparities in K-12 education that limit opportunities for girls of Color to enter the tech workforce – inspiring them to pursue tech careers and supporting the retention of women of color in tech by increasing representation.
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Black girl healing and mentoring across the U.S.
—Lauren R. Jackson, Founder & Executive Director
Founded in 2012, Instilling My Ability to Embrace Excellence, Inc. (I.M.A.N.E.E.) is a national organization that offers a mentoring program, conference, retreats, and the Young Excellence Sisterhood (Y.E.S.) for Black girls and women to discover more about themselves and their opportunities. They have served over 200 girls as of April 2022.
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Ending police violence against Black women, girls, trans and GNC people
Formed in 2016, In Our Names Network is a national network of organizations, campaigns, and individuals working to end police violence and gender-based violence against Black women, girls, trans, and gender-nonconforming people. Through movement and advocacy, they tackle these issues by awareness building and collective community power.
Building leadership and celebrating K-12 girls of Color
—Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc.
Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc. offers a custom, holistic curriculum for girls of Color in grades K-12 in Georgia and Alabama that focuses on helping girls build leadership skills, self-reflection, critical thinking, and more. Their gender-responsive culture provides a safe environment that celebrates girls.
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Domestic violence prevention for women, girls, and families
—Rosalind Rayford, Founding Executive Director
Created in 2015, Lip Gloss For Love educates, raises awareness, and teaches the prevention of domestic violence in Dallas, Texas while empowering women, girls, and families to address it within their families, community, and society. They have served more than 600 people as of April 2022.
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Healthy development and sisterhood programs for Black and Brown girls
—Love Your Magic
Created in 2017, Love Your Magic supports the healthy development of Black and Brown girls in Greater Boston through self-advocacy, self-love, and sisterhood programs and initiatives —including community partnerships, an annual conference, and summer camp. They have served more than 550 girls as of April 2022.
Menstrual health equity for Black and Brown girls
—Bria Gadsden and Dr. Ebere Azumah, Co-Founders
Created in 2019, Love Your Menses, Inc. is a Boston, MA organization that promotes menstrual equity and awareness, and build the next generation of leaders by providing an educational, uplifting, and supportive space for Black and Brown girls, women, and all people who menstruate to learn about the menstrual cycle and create innovative public health solutions. They serve 1,000 youth annually as of April 2022, and have expanded to Liberia, Nigeria, The Gambia, Haiti, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Kenya.
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Youth social entrepreneurship and mentoring for girls of Color in Atlanta
Formed in 2019, Make-It-Click provides hands-on mentoring, prevention, advocacy, and leadership for girls of Color in Atlanta, GA. Their innovative outreach and programs – including ally training, African cultural enrichment, summer camp, and more – center on positive youth development and a holistic approach to guiding each girl to discover and embrace their full potential.
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Reproductive health and social well-being for Black women and girls
—New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Created in 2004, New Voices for Reproductive Justice builds a social change movement in Pennsylvania and Ohio dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through leadership development, human rights, and reproductive justice. Their social impact goal is for Black girls, femmes, women, and gender-expansive persons to live long, healthy and joyful lives. Since 2014, their SistahSpeak! Youth Project has reached over 700 young Black women, femmes, and girls.
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Safety for women and girls in Iowa City’s African communities
—Nisaa African Family Services
Founded in 2014, Nisaa African Family Services increases awareness of gender-based violence in African populations in Iowa City, IA, and provides safe, confidential, and effective services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through their services and by supporting victims, they aim for community accountability and social change. They have served 63 women and girls as of April 2022.
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Ushering a new generation of Gen Z innovators
Created in 2020, Perfect Timing Organization is ushering in a new generation of youth influencers, celebrities, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scholars by offering a safe platform for them to bring youth positivity to topics of social justice and personal development. In response to the digital divide spotlighted throughout the pandemic for youth in underserved communities, Based in LaPlata, MD, Perfect Timing Podcast features Gen Z’s who are taking risks, building businesses, and making an impact on the world.
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Teaching NYC girls fundamental skills through sports
—PowerPlay NYC, Inc.
PowerPlay NYC, Inc. focuses on teaching girls ages 8-18 in NYC fundamental skills in a variety of sports so they become confident in their athletic abilities and enjoy playing. By using sports, they start a dialogue that offers the chance for critical and analytical thinking, and opens the door to personal, academic, and career growth for girls at all stages of their development. They have served more than 1,100 girls across 35 program sites and five boroughs as of April 2022.
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Physical, social and emotional development for girls ages 9-18
Created in 2015, Pretty Purposed inspires communities to support young women and girls ages 9-18 in Southside and Central Virginia through healthy physical, social and emotional development. They are now shifting to focusing on systems-level change through youth-led advocacy work and coalition development designed to strengthen partnerships. They serve 75-100 women and girls yearly as of April 2022.
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Gender-based violence prevention through healing and leadership
—Priceless Incite LLC
Created in 2016 and based in Wisconsin, Priceless Incite creates healing environments for youth around the country to process the violence they’ve experienced and creates space for participants to demonstrate their expertise as peer leaders and facilitators. Each participant is encouraged to co-create and facilitate workshop sessions for their peers, adapt the curriculum to their level of expertise, and critique the topics relevant to their lived experiences. Since 2016, they have served an estimated 800 youth.
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Advancing young women of Color in Lynnwood, WA
—Project Girl Mentoring Program
Created in 2012, Project Girl Mentoring Program fosters the advancement of young women of Color in Lynnwood, WA, through hands-on mentorship, immersion labs, investment and counselinge. They have completed more than 95 mentorship sessions and have reached more than 1,000 mentees as of April 2022.
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Activating and amplifying youth voices through social action
—Vanessa Roberts, Executive Director
Founded in 2006, Project VOYCE develops transformational youth leaders in the Denver-metro and area and surrounding counties in Colorado through holistic development practices, social action and advocacy. They position and believe in youth as equitable partners in their own development and the development of their communities to achieve humanizing systems co-designed with youth to heal and liberate our communities. They serve 100-150 youth per year as of April 2022.
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A haven of healing for young women in Brooklyn and NYC
Created in 2019, PureLegacee Inc. serves as a haven of healing for young women ages 16-21 in NYC and Brooklyn who have experienced trauma as a direct result of the criminal justice system and aging out of foster care facing homelessness. They offer education and a number of programs dedicated to impact the next generation. They have served 95 women as of April 2022.
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Focused on the liberation and leadership of Black and Brown girls
—Jacquee Porter Founder, CEO
Created in 2013, SAVE GIRLS ON FYER INC (SGOF) focuses on the liberation of Black and Brown girls ages 11-17 in Waterbury, CT by providing training and development that equips girls with self-empowerment tools, advocacy skills, and leadership traits. They have served 1,000 girls since 2013.
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College financial support for young women of Color in NY
—Seeds of Fortune
Created in 2014, Seeds of Fortune Inc. is an edtech platform and community in NY that financially empowers young women of Color in high school by helping them find affordable college options, build financial management, and career development skills. As of April 2022, their members have been offered more than $15 million in scholarships and grants.
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Interpersonal mentorship for Black teen girls in South Carolina
—Tabitha D. James, Executive Director
Created in 2016, SHE is Me Mentoring serves Black teen girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth from South Carolina’s rural areas in an interpersonal, open and innovative environment. Since 2016, they have maintained an average membership of 15 youth while concurrently serving over 200 with public programming.
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Financial literacy for Black girls across the U.S.
SheWill, Inc. is a national nonprofit organizationhat offers various programs to teach and mentor Black girls ages 8-17 about financial literacy and self-empowerment, and lecture-based material, activities, events, and field trips. With a focus on the Southeast part of the U.S., they serve 100-300 girls annually as of April 2022.
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Financial literacy and unconditional sisterhood for Black girls across the U.S.
Sista2Sista Program provides a safe space for young Black women/femmes at Pomona High School in Claremont, CA. By encouraging them to be themselves, they are a positive influence to students, while fostering a sense of community that will translate into greater academic success, emotional well-being and community engagement.
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Supporting Black womens’ sobriety in the U.S. and beyond
—Sober Black Girls Club Inc.
Created in 2018, Sober Black Girls Club Inc. provides resources and support in the U.S., South Africa, and London to Black girls, women, and nonbinary people living or considering beautiful sober lives. They honor each member and understand that no two journeys along the same paths are exactly alike, and have served 400-500 girls since 2018.
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Developing the next generation of globally conscious girls!
—Founder Rashell Paling
Created in 2018, Statement Junky offers Black and Latina girls and young women in NYC and Westchester County with mentorship, youth development programming, and authentic opportunities to develop leadership skills at every stage of adolescence. The organization also gifts every girl and young woman with an essential key to access the world – her first passport. They have served a total of 72 girls as of April 2022.
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Innovative STEM education for BIPOC girls across the U.S.
Created in 2020, Techbridge Girls (TBG) is a national organization that re-engineers the way BIPOC girls and gender-expansive youth from marginalized communities experience STEM. By catalyzing STEM educators and professionals, TBG provides equitable access through training and curricula that promote inclusive tech. As of April 2022, they serve up to 25,000 girls annually.
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Equitable writing opportunities for youth and girls of Color in Dallas
Founded in 2018, #TeenWritersProject is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization committed to making writing accessible, engaging, and fun for high school teen girls and youth of Color, especially those in vulnerable populations. Their programs and workshops provide various equitable writing and publishing opportunities, as well as training to get youth writers hired in the writing industry and beyond.
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A safe space and leadership for young women of Color in New Orleans
—The Beautiful Foundation
Founded in 2015, The Beautiful Foundation provides a safe environment for the leadership development in underserved young women of Color in New Orleans, LA, through a curriculum that focuses on life skills, financial literacy, self-esteem, entrepreneurship, cyber-bullying, friendships and relationship skills.They have served nearly 350 girls through school and community-based programs as of April 2022.
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Elevating BIPOC youth through artistic expression
—The Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative Project
Created in 2020, The Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative Project supports, educates and elevates BIPOC youth in Boston, New York City, and Atlanta to create an equitable starting point. Through artistic expression and engagement as well as bespoke programs and events, They serve as a connection point and source for underserved BIPOC communities to access the critical education and resources needed to thrive. They work with 300 youth and their families annually.
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A safe mental health space for Black girls in Los Angeles
—The Collective Identity Mentoring
The Collective Identity Mentoring is a grassroots, Los Angeles-based non-profit founded by Black women for Black women, girls, and gender-expansive youth. They offer unique programs intended to provide Black girls and young women ages 13-25 with a psychosocial safe space.
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Supporting girls and women to pursue nontraditional careers in NYC
—Tools & Tiaras Inc.
Based in NYC, Tools & Tiaras Inc. is committed to advancing the interest of young women and girls who want to pursue non-traditional careers. By motivating young girls and women who dream of having a career in the male-dominated construction industry, they offer programs and mentoring so they can expand their horizons and set them on a path to the peak of their careers.
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Supporting Trans women of Color with educational and legal services
—Transgender Advocates Knowledgable Empowering
Based in Birmingham, AL, Transgender Advocates Knowledgable Empowering (TAKE) offers education, assistance, legal services and more for the Trans community across the city. They advocate for issues directly affecting Trans women of Color in the community, including workplace discrimination, lack of housing, support for sex workers, and providing trans-friendly services.
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Elevating powerful youth voices in NYC through spoken word and the arts
Created in 1999, Urban Word uses the transformative power of the written and spoken word to offer young people in NYC opportunities to cultivate their voices, narrate their stories, and build pathways towards empowered and just futures. Their decades of work have elevated youth voices in NYC, and nationally, as leaders at the intersection of the literary arts, social justice, and civic engagement. They have served 150,000 youth since 1999.
Teaching girls in Hampton Roads, VA to be their most authentic selves
—Walk In It, Inc.
Created in 2007, Walk In it Inc. is a Hampton Roads, VA organization that supports girls and young women academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. They have served 15,000 girls since their inception through workshops, conferences, and mentoring that teaches girls to be their most authentic selves.
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Focused on creating safe-brave spaces for the voices of Black girls
—we REIGN Inc.
Created in 2016, we REIGN Inc creates safe-brave spaces where Black girls in Philadelphia, PA, are visible, so that their strengths, needs, voices, and stories are centered. They encourage girls to live unapologetically, and help them develop the skills as advocates, organizers, and change agents in their lives and communities. They have served more than 500 girls since December 2016.
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Healing and enrichment for the voices of Black and Latina girls
—Who’s Got Morale Program
Founded in 2015, Who’s Got Morale Program (WGM) is committed to creating healing modalities for Black and Latino community members in Boston, MA. WGM gathers the most challenged girls of Color at each school and engages them through an effective school-based intervention and enrichment model that takes their identity and culture into account. They serve 150-200 girls annually as of April 2022.
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Restoring community for at-risk youth and the elderly
—Where We Thrive, Inc.
Created in 2019, Where We Thrive, Inc. supports at-risk youth of Color in the Lockhart, TX community by facilitating direct mentorship programs, providing access to technology, and supporting career and higher education goals. They also support community elders through meal and wellness programs, as well as assistance with minor home repairs and maintenance.
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Black feminist-centered human rights advocacy for girls
Founded in 2014 and anchored in a Black feminist framework, Women Engaged centers the human rights of Black women, girls, and femmes in Atlanta, GA by offering leadership development opportunities, and public policy advocacy. Since 2014, they have served over 30,000 young adults through voter activation, registration, leadership development opportunities, internships, and part-time employment through the ‘WE Vote. WE Rise!’ program.
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College, career and life prep for girls of Color
—Women of the Dream
Women of the Dream provides program services through a school-based model to girls of Color ages 12-18 in underserved communities in Camden, NJ, and prepares them for personal, career, and economic success. Their programs focus on college and career prep, financial literacy, and other life-skills.
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Affirming the power of writing for Black girls
—Writers Well Youth Fellowship
Based in Spartanburg, SC, Writers Well Youth Fellowship is a year-long fellowship for Black girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth ages 14-19. They teach and affirm the power of their voices and individuality through interactive retreats, writing, and performance classes, and by providing a fruitful space for healing, art and leadership.
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Therapeutic writing for healing and creating
—Writing For Freedom
Created in 2021, Writing For Freedom provides girls and young women of Color around the U.S. with therapeutic writing tools and a platform to heal, create, and share gender- and ethnic-specific narratives. Their vision is to increase the number of female authors of Color to reclaim, write, and share their own cultural narratives to heal their communities.
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Social justice education for Boston’s middle school girls
Founded in 1866, YW Boston helps individuals and organizations in Boston, MA change policies, practices, attitudes, and behaviors for more inclusive environments for women of Color. Their “F.Y.R.E. Initiative” supports middle school girls through a curriculum incorporating social justice education, positive identity development, and civic engagement.