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Calling All Southern Hot Girls!

Join the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium and the Pete and Thomas Foundation and help to Spread JOY for Mental Wellness and Self-Care!

The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium (Southern Black Girls) is excited to announce that we are partnering with Grammy award-winning musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Megan Thee Stallion’s Pete and Thomas Foundation, once again, for a SPECIAL cycle of our signature #BlackGirlJoyChallenge focusing on mental health and wellness! 

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The #BlackGirlJoyChallenge institutes JOY as a mental health, self-care practice. This unique collaboration with the Southern Black Girls and the Pete and Thomas Foundation is also supported by NIKE, and together, we’re ready to spread a LOT of joy in the world… but we want YOU to help us do it!

 

DO YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA TO SPREAD JOY?

 

For this special cycle of the #BlackGirlJoyChallenge, we are looking for 100 young girls, young women and gender-expansive youth, between the ages of 12-24, who can come up with creative projects that will maintain mental wellness, manage physical health and bring joy to your community! All you have to do is fill out an application and describe your idea. If your idea is selected, you’ll win a $550 micro-grant challenge award to bring your JOY dream to life!

 

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR PAST WINNERS!

Taykiera Hyman, 23 North Carolina My Black girl joy challenge this year will be a 2nd annual fall meditation & breathe work workshop focused on breathing to incorporate healing. This is a community gathering and safe space primarily built for black women. I will offer free attendance because I really want our community of women to prioritize their healing and peace.   

Promise Sawyers, 13

Tennessee

My #BlackGirlJoy Challenge will be challenging pre-teen and teenage girls to share why affirmations are important and what they do to affirm their peers. From those that complete the challenge, I will choose 5 of them to receive a “confidence box”.  

Ansata Gittens, 16

West Virginia

My #BlackGirlJoy Challenge is to offer gymnastics in my community to those who can’t afford to take lessons. I was fortunate to be able to compete for seven years. I would like to purchase equipment to start a program in my community. Gymnastics gave me exercise, and wellness of mind and body and helped boost my self-esteem.   

 

APPLY TODAY!

 

The special cycle of the #BlackGirlJoyChallenge will run for two (2) weeks from Thursday, September 7, to Thursday, September 21

 

Here’s how it works…

  • The #BlackGirlJoyChallenge is open to eligible applicants residing in the 13-state region within the southern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, East Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia
  • Applicants will be required to describe their ideas for spreading joy with their communities for a monetary award. 
  • Once the submission period has ended, applications will be evaluated and awardees will be selected by Southern Black Girls’ Youth Ambassadors and Wisdom Council committees based on their creative joy-spreading project ideas. 
  • If selected, the challenge winners will be given their micro-grant to complete their JOY projects.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Complete the Application – You will need to create a profile and complete the #BlackGirlJoyChallenge application on our grants management system. To start the process, click here.
  • Register for a Grant-Seeker Workshop – If you want to know how to submit a winning application, register for one (1) of our helpful grant-seeker workshops that will walk you through the process of applying for the challenge and teach you everything you need to know! Grant-seeker workshops will take place every Tuesday and Thursday starting September 7, and ending on September 19. To secure your spot, click here to register.

 

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN BLACK GIRLS AND WOMEN’S CONSORTIUM

The Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium (Southern Black Girls) is coordinated entirely by a community of Black women in philanthropy, activism and girls’ work, who hold deep roots in movement-building throughout the southeast. The partnership recognizes their critical role and the importance of centering the lived experiences and leadership of those most impacted by deep-seated injustices. SBGWC consists of four anchor institutions including the Appalachian Community Fund, the Black Belt Community Fund, the Fund for Southern Communities and TruthSpeaks Innovation Foundation. For more information, visit: www.SouthernBlackGirls.org, or follow @SouthernBlackGirls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

ABOUT THE PETE & THOMAS FOUNDATION

The Pete and Thomas Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded by Megan Thee Stallion and aims to catalyze resources to effect meaningful and positive change in the lives of women and children, senior citizens and underserved communities across the globe. The organization focuses on three core sectors – education, housing, health and wellness – and is committed to supporting mission-aligned non-profit organizations, generating awareness around key campaigns and spearheading its owned and operated activities. For more information, visit www.peteandthomasfoundation.org.

 

WHAT HELPS YOU MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS?

The #BlackGirlJoy Challenge: Special Mental Health and Wellness Edition
welcomes girls, young women, and gender-expansive youth ages 12-24 who can describe their ideas for maintaining their mental health and physical wellness to apply for a $550 challenge award. #BGJ Challenge winners are selected by a group of youth ambassadors.

APPLY TODAY!