Iyanla Vanzant once stated, "I am not my sister's keeper. I am my sister." Sister, Sister initiative is to empower each other through tough times. We are here to encourage, motivate, and be used as a vessel to aspire to inspire. The concept is important because it names and identifies how women of color make time for themselves, celebrate themselves, and connect.
When someone performs an action that benefits his or her community, it is known as community service. Are You Making A Difference? Are you M.A.D. is our community service initiative. Many people engage in community service because they believe that it carries rewards beyond the obvious and tangible. For Brown Girls, Inc. plans to be very productive in the community. These programs/initiatives are intended to stimulate, encourage, instruct and enhance the development of their skills.
Our goal is to provide African American men, women and children with direction, apprenticeship and recreational outlets needed to empower them to become successful person in an ever changing world. It's mission is to foster opportunities to inoculate a culture of achievement primarily among school aged children. An integral part of our mission is an awareness of positive self image development.
Brown Girls Coalition is our young ladies' mentorship program. Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time are central to success.
Our work is done with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices, and the Director ensures that these commitments are consistently developed and sustained in our program environment. As our programming continues to grow, the Director will support strategic planning and help determine the future directions of our work with children, youth, and their families.
Maintaining positive relationships and communication with students, parents and other members by participating and leading programs and responding to parent concerns is priority.
Our Boys II Men youth men mentoring program presents opportunities for enrichment, exposure, support and guidance through supervised group mentoring sessions between our mentors and mentees. Our program will provide thousands of youth aged 9 - 17 years of age, positive alternatives and a robust support network they can rely on. We will build long-lasting, caring relationships between youth and mentors, fostering each youth’s individual growth and potential. We will help to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Our mentoring program uses adult male volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and leading our youth. Boys II Men: Mentoring to Manhood will launch in Spring 2022.
Financial literacy gives individuals confidence that they are secure with their money philosophy. We will be hosting series of financial literacy workshops called Jump$tart Jackson in the community to improve their understanding of financial concepts and services, so they are empowered to make informed choices and take action to improve their economic well-being.
In Fall 2021, we plan to implement a gender equity program that educates women about their rights at home, at work, and in society. The program's goal is to expand women's access to justice and human rights, while combating gender-based violence. We would like to raise awareness about women's rights and labor laws, such as, the Protection of Women against Harassment Act, Equal Pay, and other pro-women laws. We have increasingly focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture, operations, and grantmaking.
The importance of this work became more apparent over the past year marked by overdue reckonings about racial, gender, and global inequities. We believe that combating systemic inequities requires us to adjust not just the way we fund, but also the way we communicate. We remain committed to doing so, and to accelerating efforts to shift power, decision-making, and resources closer to the communities we seek to serve.
Community health is a medical specialty that focuses on the physical and mental well-being of the people in a specific geographic region. This important subsection of public health includes initiatives to help community members maintain and improve their health, prevent the spread of infectious diseases and prepare for natural disasters.
Working at the community level promotes healthy living, helps prevent chronic diseases and brings the greatest health benefits to the greatest number of people in need.
Mental and physical health is fundamentally linked. There are multiple associations between mental health and chronic physical conditions that significantly impact people’s quality of life. Understanding the links between mind and body is the first step in developing strategies to reduce the incidence of co-existing conditions and support those already living with mental illnesses and chronic physical conditions.
The purpose of this initiative is to influence the health behavior of individuals and communities positively. Our goal is to promote optimal wellness to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure healthy lifestyles.
For Brown Girls, Inc. has received a grant from Black Girls Rock of MS, Inc. to exemplify community service for Global Youth Services Day in support of Youth Services of America in April 2020. We will be headlining a COVID-19 Response to help local organizations support communities impacted by the pandemic. Our response will enable this food bank to secure the resources they need to serve 3,500 meals to the most vulnerable community members during this difficult time.
Statistics show more significant at-risk factors for COVID-19 among the general population, such as age and pre-existing health conditions. Many may not realize food-insecure households are likely more susceptible to the virus. This is believed to be due to lesser access to adequate health care, lower resistance or compromised immune systems, stigma or bias, or lack of information about proper prevention and care.