BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. - a 501c3 non-profit

With two turntables and a cause, Beverly Bond has created BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. A 501(c)3 non-profit that provides creative outlets for young women of color between the ages of 12-17; she provides a full scholarship for all applicants to take her DJ class, culinary classes, poetry and writing workshops, and media workshops.

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Section 1: You

First Name

Beverly

Last Name

Bond

Organization

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.

Country

United States, NY

Section 2: Your Organization

Organization Name

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.

Organization Phone

718.789.ROCK!

Organization Address

48 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

Organization Country

United States, NY

Your idea

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Name Your Project

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. - a 501c3 non-profit

Country and state your work focuses on

United States, NY

Describe Your Idea

With two turntables and a cause, Beverly Bond has created BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. A 501(c)3 non-profit that provides creative outlets for young women of color between the ages of 12-17; she provides a full scholarship for all applicants to take her DJ class, culinary classes, poetry and writing workshops, and media workshops.

Innovation

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What makes your idea unique?

Being in such a male-dominated industry and not being afraid to speak up while watching women, especially women of color, being mass displayed in an unsavory fashion in the media makes this purpose unique when most people would not want to be ostracized by their fellow industry members.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact

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What impact have you had?

There are girls under our wing who are now not afraid to enter male-dominated industries such being DJs, Wall Street gurus, kickboxers, etc. DJ Beverly Bond has empowered women by the thousands through my love of music!

Problem

As previously mentioned, women of color are being displayed as props in a one-sided imagery in mass media; while some women are perfectly fine with this notion there is no alternative provided.

Actions

Young women are offered access to educational and cultural enrichment opportunities and enriching mentorship and internship programs featuring the arts and cooperative learning. including participation in our various innovative BLACK GIRLS ROCK! programs, group discussions, round tables, panel discussions with leading members of the community and entertainment industry, and one-on-one personal big sister mentors.

Results

Taking girls in their formative years and letting them know that they can truly be anything they want to be has expanded to the mission of WOMEN...we hope to be able to expand this organization nationally and then internationally as we have received numerous messages and personal accounts from girls and women all over that our program is needed worldwide.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

For this project to be successful we will need funding, not only for programming, but to have a complete staff to serve the needs of our outreach mission and hopeful expansion.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Funding is always a major factor but will not stop this project from being a success!

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$1000 - 4000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?

United States, NY

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

These partnerships, with organizations who carry like missions or want to help our mission flourish, help us spread the word about our organization to young girls that may be interested as well as companies who see opportunities to provide support. Our girls also participate in conferences and events these partner organizations host.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Funding
Outreach
Staffing

The Story

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What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

While watching a music video one day during primetime television hours full of scantily-clad women who served no other purpose than being props, like the palm trees and bottles of champagne next to them, I knew little girls all over saw it, too, and that something had to be done and created BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

BIO
A true music connoisseur, Beverly Bond’s passion for music and her uncanny ability to read the crowd has solidified her as one of the premier DJ’s in the world. Over the last nine years, Ms. Bond, a former Wilhelmina model, has brought her versatile talents to the most exclusive events in the world with performances at the VH1 Fashion Rocks Awards, The ESPN X-Games, The U.S. Open, The NBA All Star Game, The American Music Awards and for a myriad celebrity clients including Prince, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Erykah Badu, Diddy, Derrick Jeter, John Legend, Venus Williams, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Z, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jordan.

An activist and philanthropist, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., a non-profit youth empowerment mentoring organization established to empower young women of color through the arts. Bond also founded the annual Black Girls Rock! Awards which were created to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in the community.

Beverly Bond's work as an activist and community leader has earned her a number of prestigious recognitions. Most recently Bond was honored by The United Way Young Leaders Council during their 2010 2nd Annual Red Carpet Soiree Which Spotlights Young Philanthropists. Bond was also acknowledged in EBONY magazine as one of the "2009 Ebony Power 150-The Most Influential Blacks In America" listing her amongst top African American leaders including President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. William H.(Bill) Cosby Jr., TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes, singer/actress Beyonce, music mogul Shawn (Jay-Z) Carter, actor Will Smith, CEO of BET Debra L. Lee and more. The Source Magazine also listed Bond amongst their 2009 Power Circle group of leaders in hip-hop.

Other recent accolades for Ms. Bond, include receiving the "2009 Agent of Change Award" at the "Obama: THAT ONE!" Pre-Inaugural Awards Gala in Washington DC; receiving "The 2009 Gold Rush Award" bestowed by Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for her community work and for promoting youth Arts programs through BLACK GIRLS ROCK!. The Hip Hop Association recently honored Bond at the 2009 Womanhood Passage for making significant strides that have raised the bar of achievement for all women in Hip-Hop culture. Vibe Magazine named Bond a ‘Future Urban Icon’ and Love Heals, a leading foundation for AIDS education, recognized Bond’s presence as a community leader in 2006 and again in 2008 naming her one of New York’s Fifty Fabulous Females. Alicia Keys handpicked Bond to be featured in her 2008 American Music Award Tribute to Superwomen which also included Queen Latifah and Opera Singer Kathleen Battle. Bond is also a recipient of the Justo Mixtape Award for best female DJ.

With such diverse talents combined with an unparalleled and passionate devotion to music and to community, its little wonder that Ms. Bond has emerged as a force in music and a powerful and respected voice in the world.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

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226 weeks ago Beverly Bond said: We have an application process and all members receive a full-scholarship upon being first-time applicants. Programming is weekend based ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
226 weeks ago Cynthia Drayton said: Hi Beverly, I echo Alexis' sentiments - would love to hear more about how the program is structured. Role models for young women of ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
227 weeks ago Alexis Ditkowsky said: Hi Beverly, I really enjoyed the video you included in your entry and I'm curious to learn more about how your program is structured. ... about this Competition Entry. - read more >
227 weeks ago Beverly Bond updated this Competition Entry.
227 weeks ago Beverly Bond submitted this idea.