4 Non-Profits That Empower Black Girls

03/09/2015 10:11 am ET | Updated May 09, 2015

Non-profit organizations are projects of passion, as I like to call them. Sometimes starting with almost nothing, with the goal of effecting change within their communities. There are so many non-profits out there, sometimes it is challenging to find one that you would like to support, and as a mom to 3 extraordinary brown girls, it is important to me that I support organizations that help to build, encourage and empower young black girls within our communities.

A lot of these organizations are important because they help to build confidence, which is essential in the life of any young woman as it relates to education, creativity, social awareness, and self-esteem. Women are bombarded in the media everyday with what it truly means to be beautiful. The focus is put on the physical, and with our daughter's so focused on the way they look, and society's definition of beauty (which does very little focus on black beauty) the power of the mind get's lost. Organizations like Her Mind Rocks, and In The Well, gives education focused confidence, and empowerment, something that we need to zero in more in our communities.Although there are many non-profits out there, very few of them reach a level that allows them to have platform that propels their message correctly.

We should support these organizations, in order to help them have the impact that they should be having within our communities beyond.

One that you certainly must have heard of, Black Girls Rock is an incredible organization that has encouraged dialogue of the way women of color are portrayed in the media, something that more of us need to do!

They have multiple youth enrichment programs, where through mentorship, arts, education, cultural exploration, and public service, they help to build self-esteem, and self-worth in women of color.

Mission Statement:

Since 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves. Since 2006, we have enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the lives of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service. At BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, young women are offered access to enrichment programs and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts and cooperative learning.

I recently had a lovely conversation with Jacqueline Glass, about At The Well, and her passion excited me so much, that I look forward to volunteering for this amazing conference this year.

Helping to boost confidence in young girls creates a domino affect, that empowers girls to take on an active role in their classrooms, among their peers, and in turn, in their communities. Many brilliant students tend to take a back seat in the classroom because they lack confidence in their ability to speak, even about things that they clearly understand.

The At The Well Conferences teaches to overcome the fears that limit them in order to access the confidence that they need to create a impact that will reverberate through their communities and beyond.

At The Well focuses on preparing young women to be effective leaders globally. Focusing on education, and offering support that will garner confidence and academic excellence.

Mission Statement:

At the Well Leadership Academy seeks to empower young women locally to become effective leaders globally. By promoting excellence in education, young talent will transform their communities. We encourage girls to live beyond their limitations, achieve beyond their dreams, and impact communities beyond their reach.

Like most non-profits, they can never have a too many volunteers, if you have a gift or talent that you think this amazing organization could use, feel free to volunteer on the website.

Our passion project, Her Mind Rocks empowers young, black women to create their own definition of what it means to be a black woman. Through partnerships with schools in the community, and reaching them where they are already learning and interacting socially, focus on education, and creating dialogue.

After school clubs and programs that allows them to share, discuss and learn, and education focused support that will help them to understand and utilize the power of community.

Her Mind Rocks is a newer non-profit that is trying to establish roots in the community, and is currently welcoming volunteers and support through an Indiegogo campaign.

All community activities are posted on the website, making transparency a priority.

Mission Statement:

Her Mind Rocks partners with schools in order to reach young black women within our communities. A non-profit mentoring and empowerment organization, established to empower young black women to create their own definition of what it means to be Young, Black and Female.

We love organizations that empower women in the math and the sciences, Kimberly Bryant is helping to prepare young black women to be the next generation of coders by introducing them to programming and technology.

Kimberly is a great example of noticing a problem and choosing to make a difference by creating a solution. While she pursued her studies, Kimberly noticed that few of her classmates looked like her, and she decided to take the initiative to empower young black girls by introducing them to a program that I wish I had growing up.

Mission Statement:

Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. By promoting classes and programs we hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.