What we're about
Mission: To create space for Black girls and their caregivers to collectively learn skills to strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits at each stage of life
Vision: Each member of the Circle can articulate who they are in terms of their connection to their family’s history, their spiritual nature, the communities in which they live, their relationships and the future they want to create.
Values & Beliefs:
1. Black girls have the capacity to draw on their local resources and collective wisdom to empower themselves with the help of supportive family and community members
2. Empowerment comes from divine assistance, knowledge of reality, acquisition of skills, service to others and acting with nobility & courage
3. Inter-religious unity and mutual respect is conducive to empowerment. Black girls in Orange County come from a variety of faith backgrounds: Agnostic, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and others.
4. Learning occurs through action and reflection
5. Black refers to “African heritage”
What we do:
Black girls grades 1-12 from in and around Orange County, NC gather with their caregivers 2 to 3 times per month to engage in a “rites of passage” program to learn skills which strengthen their minds, bodies, and spirits.
Themes for 2018-2019
1. Know what to put IN and ON your bodies
2. Self-defense (mental and physical)
3. Reflecting on and communicating about current events and personal experiences