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Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock Launches Teen Summer Leadership Conference

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Photo credit: Flickr user DrivingtheNortheast

Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock Launches Teen Summer Leadership Conference

Words: Ashley Poag

The popular nonprofit continues to support young black women with its newest initiative.

Ever wondered what it takes to be a black girl who rocks? The woman behind Black Girls Rock (a nonprofit organization that mentors young black women and hosts a popular award show) just launched an international leadership conference called Black Girls Lead

Since 2006 Black Girls Rock has been empowering young women to excel in education, leadership, and service. Now the organization’s founder Beverly Bond, a former DJ to some of the biggest names in entertainment, has launched a four-day conference that will take place July 30, 2015 through August 2 in New York at Barnard College, Columbia University.

“The overall goal of this leadership conference is to host a ‘meeting of the minds’ amongst young people who have displayed excellence individually," Bond said in a press release, according to Madam Noire, "but who will also benefit from our pedagogy which highlights teamwork and collective responsibility for emerging thought leaders and active change agents.”

Black Girls Lead will accept 60 girls from around the world between the ages of 13-17 for panels on social action, cultural literacy, technology, financial literacy, media, arts, and more. They will also participate in a variety of workshops and master classes. We’ve seen their roster for other events; we can only guess what amazing women will be leading panels and classes.

“The Black Girls Lead conference allows us to expand our reach by giving even more girls access to our innovative programs and empowering ideals,” Bond said.

You never know what amazing qualities are inside a young person just waiting to be pulled out. Do you know someone who would be an excellent candidate? Head over to the Black Girls Rock website, read their eligibility requirements, and help them submit an application.

Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring journalist.