Hashaqueena Earth has recently received a certification in Ecology. She is also a singer and plays piano and guitar. She loves theater and she is a Dancer. She is also passionate about animals. She loves fashion and poetry. She joined Big Hair Bigger Dreams to meet other girls like her and to build up her confidence as a girl and since then she feels stronger as a young woman.
Diaraye Diallo is a freshman at DSST: COLE and she aspires to receive a degree in Civil Engineering and Political Science. She hopes to return to her home country, Guinee, and make a positive impact. She loves to read, spend time with family and discuss controversial issues (she’s a huge social justice freak!)
I am Ronniesha, I’m 18 years old, I attend Rangeview High School, and I am interested in Computer Science. I plan to major in that in college after graduating high school and continuing to study Computer Science in graduate school to get a Ph.D. In my free time, I like to program and read.
Lauryn is a freshman at DSISD and in three years she is going to graduate and go to a selective college out of state. When Lauryn is not at school she likes to spend quality time with her family and friends, read, and watch Netflix.
Mariam Sheriff is a sophomore at South high School. She plays tennis and loves writing poetry. She loves helping people whether its her friends, family, or community. She hopes to work for fuman services and become a psychologist for kids with disabilities. Mariam joined BHBD to improve her leadership skills and learn other skills.
Dyniece Thomas is 15 years old and attends Legacy Options. She likes to read, write, draw, and dance.
Hi my name Nichelle Hayes and I am 14. Im in 9th grade at East High School. I play volleyball, the guitar, I sing and, like to hangout with my friends. I love music and dance.
As Peer Mentors Temple and Maya directed and produced a film for the Winter Camp. Please check out the I Am a Dreamer Film.
The Lead Like a Boss Social Justice Leadership Camp was a huge success! Check out the video and graduation program below.
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Bria May - Instructional Facilitator
Bria May is currently a senior at the University of Colorado – Boulder. She is an English major while working towards a Leadership Certificate in the CU Boulder Ethnic Living and Learning Residential Academic Leadership Program. As an English major she enjoys reading and writing in both an academic setting and in her free time. Her experience in the Leadership program has fostered and reaffirmed her passion of being a leader in her community, becoming culturally competent, and working towards social justice in her community. This experience has also led her to serve as an officer for CU Boulder’s Black Student Alliance as the director of communications, where she has worked to create a safe space for black people and people of color on her college campus. Bria joins Big Hair, Bigger Dreams as an Events Coordinator and Instructor/Intern.
My name is Jazmyn Smith, I’m 15 years old and in 10th grade at East High School. After graduating from high school I plan to attend a university majoring in psychology and one of my biggest dreams is to open my own psychiatric clinic and teach dance. I am interested in the BHBD winter camp to gain experience and exposure.
Meet our Winter Camp Team
Jamica Zion - Instructional Facilitator
I’m Jamica Zion, a recent Sociology and History graduate from Colorado State University. I’m from Denver, CO but have lived in Peru and have enjoyed extended trips to Mexico and many countries in Europe, including Italy! I am excited to work with Big Hair, Bigger Dreams because I wish that I would have had the opportunity to participate in an amazing organization like this when I was in high school; I am thrilled to participate in an organization with powerful goals and projects for powerful young women of color. I am looking forward to getting to know the camp participants and having another opportunity to teach fun and interesting things to a group of young women who deserve it!
Jennifer Khat - Instructional Facilitator
Jennifer Khat is a graduate student from the University of Colorado Denver with a BS in biology and MD in integrated science. Upon teaching and facilitating the programs in Denver for CompuGirls of the Center of Gender Equity in Science and Technology, she also runs her own non profit organization Spirit of Cambodia Cultural Alliance for educating, transforming, and bridging the gap among Asian Americans, foster Khmer pioneers, and youth groups in Colorado through traditional arts, athleticism, and community outreach programs. She is involved in and with many other non-profits and organizations around the world on top of running her own business. She has a passion for teaching, loves working with children of all ages, and hopes to make an impact through this winter program.
Maya Broomfield - Peer Mentor
My name is Maya Broomfield I am a 9th grader at Lakewood High School. After graduating high school I would like to attend a HBCU. My main choices are Howard University, Hampton University, or Grambling University. I plan to major in journalism with a minor in art. From their I would love to work with magazine companies in Africa and South America such as New African Women, Vice New and Veja. But my biggest goal is to work for Essence magazine.
I first signed up for Big Hair Bigger Dreams (BHBD) summer camp after complaining to my mom there was nothing for black girls to do in Colorado. My mom knew I had an interest in journalism but all the camps for that were really expensive. When mom told me about it she also said there was going to be a technology part. I didn’t really like technology but still gave it a chance. And now I am more than glad I did because now I know what I want be when I grow up. It was so much fun. We all became a small but strong family. I met people who I still talk to today. I loved every part of it because it opened so many doors. We even got to meet the editor and chief of the Denver Post. To my surprise and probably everyone else’s he was a African American man. He talk to use like we were his nieces and answered any and every question. But what stood out to me the most was how everywhere we went someone was there waiting on us like we were very important. We were escorted ever where we went and no matter when we got there they were at the door waiting for us.
I want to come back as a mentor to help open the eyes of other girls in Denver. I also want to be a mentor because I think it’s important that black girls stick together and help one another. Being a mentor will also open doors for me in the future. Because with BHBD I will be learning important skills that I will not just need for high school or college but I will use for the rest of my life.
Temple White-Cook - Peer Mentor
Hi my name is Temple White-Cook. I attend Dsst: Cole High School and I am currently in the ninth grade. I plan on attendingTemple University to get my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In the future I would love to make it into the police academy and become an officer. My mom signed me up for BHBD but later into the program I started to enjoy being there. During the summer camp the people who also were attending BHBD stood out to me. It was like a family who always enjoyed being around each other. I want to attend the winter camp as a mentor, because I want to help and inspire other young ladies to love the program and have fun. This experience will help me become a better leader because I’m going to be learning from the girls attending the winter camp and I am also going to learn about myself and my capabilities as being a leader.
Ginnie Logan- Lead Facilitator
Ginnie is from Denver, she is a graduate of East High School, CU Boulder, and University of Memphis. In addition to being the Executive Director of Big Hair, Bigger Dreams, Ginnie is a adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches leadership. In her free time, she loves to travel, go running, and playing with her dog. She is super excited to work with such an amazing group of young women, instructors, and peer mentors.