YBLA - Young Black Leadership Alliance

Experts have said that helping young people become productive members of society involves more than sending them to school every day. As parents, educators and caretakers, there are ways to look beyond the classroom to find community members who can help cultivate the next generation of innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers. Here are some organizations committed to empowering youth to embrace their individuality and make a difference in the world:

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Black Girls Code Our Vision: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040. Founded by Kimberly Bryant.

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camp hosted at colleges and universities across the nation.  In summer 2017, The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, will host residential camps held during the months of June-August. Each camp provided an average of 40 rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education while living on a college campus - all at no cost to the child or family.


KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CAMP is a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.

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The Young Black Leadership Alliance of Charlotte. Inspiring Young Black Men to Achieve their Highest Potential.Our Goal is quite simple… we aim to create a new reality by inspiring a generation of future leaders. We believe that America’s most underutilized asset with the greatest upside potential is the young black man. We also believe that the largest impact on our society that we can make in terms of human and economic capital is to help young black men recognize the greatness within them. Our Methods are unique and engaging and go well beyond the tradition classroom settings. In our program less emphasis is placed on transmitting information and more on developing students' leadership skills and character development through higher-order thinking (analysis, synthesis & evaluation), hands on project based activities, and team based competitive based activities.

Bridging The Gap Collaborative-Founder/CEO Catherine Togba Woyee

Bridging The Gap Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that is breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Its innovative program is creating positive social change by supporting youth in under served communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future. Through the collective power of partnerships, Bridging The Gap Collaborative’s innovative program is preparing youth for tomorrow. Services offered; FREE SAT/ACT Prep(Nationally via Google Hangout) and weekly tutoring for grades 6-12(Nationally via Google Hangout),Young Women In STEM peer to peer mentorship and Technology Resources for children in Liberia, West Africa.

Torrey Smith Family Fund

Torrey Smith Family Fund:Our mission is to provide youth with the tools they need to identify, unleash, and reach their full potential.While we know it will take hard work, time, and the help of many others, we envision a society where regardless of the circumstances into which you are born, the neighborhood in which you are raised, the obstacles you must navigate, and the challenges you must overcome, all youth can access the tools they need to build a strong foundation for a life of success and purpose.

Serge Ibaka Foundation

The Serge Ibaka Foundation wants to inspire children around the world to believe in themselves no matter how hard their circumstances are. Going through difficult times as a kid himself, Serge Ibaka is determined to help the kids of Congo, Toronto and the rest of the World through his Foundation, focusing on the issues of health and education. Partnering with established and key organizations, the Foundation takes action to make an impact on the communities and on the children that need the most help, improving their living conditions and encouraging them to use Serge Ibaka’s story as an inspiration to set goals for their lives. Growing up in Congo, the odds of Serge Ibaka becoming an NBA player were low. But determination and perseverance helped him achieve his goals. His life story is proof that, indeed, anything is possible.

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