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A SAVE HAVEN FOR YOUNG
GIRLS OF COLOR
TO FLOURISH

Leadership @ The Center is a nurturing sanctuary where young Black and Brown girls thrive and embrace leadership roles, empowering them to shape a future where girls of color are acknowledged, valued, and empowered to enact meaningful change. Leadership @ The Center is designed contribute to the dismantling underrepresentation, stereotypes, biases, and addressing the educational, economic, and intersectional challenges faced by women and girls of color. 

A GIRL OF COLOR'S ROADMAP TO EDUCATION, LIBERATION & CELEBRATION

Leadership @ The Center encompasses five distinct pathways, each offering specialized fields of practice for our Future Young Education Role Models to cultivate and refine skill sets across various disciplines.

WELCOME TO LEADERSHIP DRIVE

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Despite their representation in the workforce, women of color face hurdles in reaching leadership roles due to systemic inequities, including limited executive positions and challenges like bias, mentorship gaps, and stereotypes. Especially in education, where Black women are underrepresented in college faculty and staff further impacting educational diversity.

The truth is:

Out of 44 Fortune 500 female CEOs, only two are Black, representing a mere 4.5% of female CEOs and 0.4% of all Fortune 500 CEOs.

Just 1% of $67 billion contributed by U.S. foundations in 2017 specifically targeted minority women, highlighting philanthropic disparities.

Only 2% of venture capital funding is allocated to U.S. female-only founder teams, further limiting opportunities for Black women entrepreneurs.

Approximately 61% of Black women self-fund their startups, facing higher rejection rates for funding compared to White business owners. A mere 3% of Black women's startups evolve into established businesses, contrasting with a 7% success rate for White women's startups.

Black women entrepreneurs earn average annual revenues of $24,000, significantly lower than the $142,900 earned by all women-owned businesses

Leadership Drive along with our other space were intentionally created to nourish girls of color's abilities to be thoughtful and impactful leader in whichever area they land.

Of visitors including residents, parents, community stakeholders and youth gave Leadership Drive a 4 or more star rating.

87%

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE EXCITED TO SEE:
  • Homework Groups

  • Educational Programming & Workshops

  • Brainstorming & Collaborations

  • Business Meetings, Presentations & Seminars

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Bonding Over Conversations

  • Empowerment & Togetherness

  • Civic Engagement

  • Selfcare Sessions

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WELCOME TO ART ROAD

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Art can be a powerful tool for cultural expression and identity affirmation. Girls of color often use art as a means of expressing their cultural heritage, identity, and lived experiences. However, mainstream art spaces may not always provide platforms for these expressions.

The truth is:

In the art world, including visual arts, performing arts, and literature, girls of color are often underrepresented. Their voices and perspectives may not be adequately represented in mainstream art spaces, leading to a lack of diverse narratives and experiences.

Girls of color may have limited access to quality arts education due to systemic barriers such as underfunded schools, lack of arts programs in their communities, and disparities in resources. This limits their exposure to artistic training and development opportunities.

Socioeconomic factors, including poverty and lack of access to art supplies and resources, can impact girls of color's ability to pursue and develop their artistic talents. Economic barriers may prevent them from accessing extracurricular art classes or workshops.

Despite challenges, art can serve as a source of empowerment for girls of color, providing them with a creative outlet for self-expression, storytelling, and advocacy. Art can also be a tool for social change, allowing girls to address issues of social justice, identity, and representation.

Art Road is a thoughtfully curated haven, offerings girls of color the space and resources to immerse themselves fully and freely in artistic expression.

Of visitors including residents, parents, community stakeholders and youth gave Art Road a 4 or more star rating.

90%

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE EXCITED TO SEE:
  • Painting, Drawing, Sculpting, Knitting, Pottery, etc.

  • Creative Expression 

  • Community Art & Culture Programming

  • Community Projects

  • Dance

  • Art Therapy and Classes

  • Art Exhibits

  • Paint Nights

  • Reading & Writing Workshops

  • Vision Board Workshops

  • Collaborative Murals

  • Lounge Area

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WELCOME TO MEDIA LANE

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Across film, television, and journalism, women and girls of color often find themselves sidelined, both in front of and behind the camera, with limited representation and opportunities to pursue careers in media. From unequal access to resources and training programs to battling stereotypes and biases in media portrayals, they face a complex web of challenges that hinder their confidence and aspirations in media-related fields.

The truth is:

In media industries, including film, television, and journalism, girls of color are often underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera. They have fewer opportunities to see themselves represented in media and to pursue careers in these fields.

Girls of color may have limited access to resources such as media production equipment, training programs, and mentorship opportunities, which are essential for developing media skills.

Stereotypes and biases in media portrayals can impact the self-esteem and aspirations of girls of color. Limited representation and negative stereotypes can hinder their confidence and sense of belonging in media-related fields.

Socioeconomic disparities contribute to a digital divide, with girls from marginalized communities having less access to technology and internet resources for media creation and consumption.

Girls of color face intersectional challenges related to race, gender, and socioeconomic status, which can compound barriers to accessing media skills and opportunities.

To address these disparities, we created Media Lane to provide girls of color with access and exposure to essential resources like media equipment, mentorship from industry professionals, and hands-on activities. By investing in these opportunities, we can empower them to overcome barriers, amplify their voices, and pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse media landscape.

Of visitors including residents, parents, community stakeholders and youth gave Media Lane a 4 or more star rating.

93%

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE EXCITED TO SEE:
  • Content Creation

  • Filming & Photography

  • Podcast Recording

  • Theater Practice

  • Open Mic Nights

  • Community Forums For Outreach & Civic Engagement

  • Script Writing & Production

  • Acting & Performances

  • Exercise & Meditation

  • Poetry Slams

  • Interviewing Professionals & Leders

  • Sleepovers

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WELCOME TO RESEARCH AVE

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The disparities girls of color may face, whether the lack access to quality education or lack of exposure in the field, can severely impact their ability to develop research skills early on.

The truth is:

Girls of color are underrepresented in STEM fields, where research often takes place. This underrepresentation can limit their exposure to research opportunities and mentorship in these areas.

Girls of color may face disparities in access to quality education, including STEM education, due to factors such as socioeconomic status, racial discrimination, and limited resources in their communities. These disparities can impact their ability to develop research skills early on.

The lack of visible role models and mentors who look like them in STEM fields can be a barrier for girls of color aspiring to pursue research careers. Without relatable role models, they may struggle to envision themselves as future researchers or scientists.

Cultural stereotypes and biases may influence perceptions of girls of color's abilities and interests in STEM and research-related fields. These stereotypes can contribute to a lack of confidence and self-efficacy in pursuing research opportunities.

We’ve equipped Research Ave. with the tools needed to expose and foster skill development needed in Research. We aim to empower girls of color to become future leading scientists and researchers.

Of visitors including residents, parents, community stakeholders and youth gave Research Ave a 4 or more star rating.

97%

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE EXCITED TO SEE:
  • Research Projects (Science, Food, Environmental, etc.)

  • Scientific Experiments

  • Science Projects

  • Socioeconomic Impact

  • Career Development

  • Summer Camp Programming

  • Biology Projects

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WELCOME TO TECH BLVD

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We understand the challenges girls of color face in the Tech industry — whether it's being underrepresented, lacking access to quality education and economic resources, or battling stereotypes and biases.

The truth is:

Girls of color are underrepresented in STEM fields, including technology. They constitute a small percentage of employees in tech companies and are often overlooked in the hiring process.​

Many girls of color lack access to quality STEM education and resources in schools, leading to lower proficiency in tech-related skills compared to their peers. 

Stereotypes and bias in the tech industry create barriers for girls of color, impacting their confidence and sense of belong in STEM fields.

Economic disparities can limit girls of color's access to technology resources and opportunities status, which can compound barriers to accessing tech skills and opportunities.

We've created Tech Blvd. as a supportive and inclusive space where girls of color can foster confidence while developing and enhancing their technology skills. We aim to empower girls of color to thrive in the Tech Industry.

Of visitors including residents, parents, community stakeholders and youth gave Tech Blvd a 4 or more star rating.

92%

COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE EXCITED TO SEE:
  • Career Development

  • Computer Skill Development

  • Streaming & Content Creation

  • Learning About AI

  • Teaching Elders Who Struggle With Technology

  • Video Game Streaming

  • Coding

  • Photography, Film & Video Editing

  • Software & App Development

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