Our mission is to offer African American high school girls' access to the skills and experiences needed to surmount the educational and economic barriers in their immediate lives and grow to become socially just adult leaders who create change in the world.
The Vision & Programs
Our vision is to provide girls of color with opportunities today to help them accomplish their dreams tomorrow.
We provide the following core programs:
1. A 4 week, intensive summer camp that focuses on leadership, journalism and technology.
2. Abbreviated social justice leadership technology camps during winter, fall, and spring break.
3. Paid summer internship that focuses on leadership, entrepreneurship, and 21st century skills development.
4. Part time employment opportunities for girls who graduate from our programs and come back as mentors and peer leaders.
We understand that youth development is not complete unless it is well-rounded and holistic. Our carefully planned curriculums allow girls to emerge from BHBD experiences with enhanced academic, personal, and leadership awareness.
Community and affirmation are essential to our growth.
That learning happens when we leave our comfort zones.
Change begins when one is exposed to the world.
Success does not have to exist in a cultural vacuum.
In helping girls love and embrace their authentic selves.
In the wisdom that comes from grandmother, mothers, girlfriends, and sister circles.
That we are the ones that we have been waiting for.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Big Hair, Bigger Dreams is designed to be a sisterhood of women who welcome and are committed to a diversity of experiences, ages, ethnicities, histories, national origins, citizenship statuses, opinions, marital statuses, sexual orientations, disabilities, arrest records, religions, political affiliations, and other protected classes as required by law. We have chosen to include only people who identify as female as participants in order to focus our learning, resources and achievements on the unique needs and attributes of young women. However, we welcome men’s involvement as parents, on our Advisory Team and Board, and within our partner agencies.
Big Hair, Bigger Dreams does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status,sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. All participants, employees, and volunteers will actively support this Nondiscrimination Policy Statement.
Big Hair, Bigger Dreams is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.