Day 26 – Empowering Young Women of Color

In searching for a reputable, well-vetted charity whose purpose is to empower young women of color, I encountered the problem that many are newly formed and haven’t yet developed the track record with the nonprofit rating agencies; namely Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Guide Star.

This forces one to rely on news media, their respective websites, and ancillary social media as sources. Recent articles that came up in my best charity for empowering young black women include:

  • NBC: 7 Nonprofits Dedicated to Empowering Young Brown Girls
  • The Root: Help Black Girls Make Magic: 7 Organizations You Can Support
  • Pure Wow: Want to Support Black Women? Here are 9 Organizations
  • Grants for Women: Top 10 Organizations That Help Black Women Progress

I love the concept behind Black Girls Code Inc (BGC). Their Vision is to empower young women of color between the ages of 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology. 

The founder Kimberly Bryant, a Vanderbilt graduate, founded the organization in 2011.  She has been listed as one of the “25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology” by Business Insider.

Although no rating is available for Black Girls Code, their most recently filed 990 (2018), indicates grant and donation revenues of $3.4 million of which:

  • $683,630 was dedicated to After School Coding Programs and Workshops
  • $193,323 was used for Summer Coding Camps
  • $97,662 was allotted to Student/Parent Enrichment Programs

Watch Kimberly Bryant’s TedxKC presentation