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Commission on Black Girls Summit to Provide Financial, Entrepreneurship and Wellness Workshops to Black Girls

The Commission on Black Girls “Crowned to Succeed” Summit Design to Empower and Educate Young Women Ages 11-22

[COLUMBUS, OH] Black Girls in Columbus have spoken. They want to affix crowns of glory securely on their heads, trailblaze paths to success and capitalize on opportunities to soar. On November 18, 2020, Columbus City Council led by Councilmember Priscilla Tyson and the Commission on Black Girls (CoBG) will host the Black Girls SOAR Virtual Summit from 9-5pm. The summit seeks to help Black Girls to grow during a tumultuous year.

The free Black Girls SOAR Virtual "Crowned to Succeed" Summit is an opportunity to provide a "safe space" and digital convening of African-American girls, ages 11-22 years, to learn, reflect and empower themselves and others.

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"What we've seen this year is that kids of all walks of life have suffered as a result of COVID-19, but those already facing disadvantages were especially harmed," said Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. "We sought to provide a day of growth and opportunity for Black girls."

The summit will offer best practices in leadership, critical thinking, professional development, financial literacy, self-care, self-love, health and wellness. The summit will also feature national, regional and local thought leaders and speakers across a variety of general sessions and specialized workshops.

  • Black Girls Marketplace - A virtual expo features products and services from businesses and organizations that enhance the lives of Black girls in the areas of college readiness, grooming, mental health, wellness, self-love and professional development.
  • Virtual Pitch Competition – Women of color are the fastest-growing segment of entrepreneurs. The goal of this event is to proactively equip Black girls with the tools to succeed in business. The competition offers mentorship and financial resources to winners. An esteemed panel of business leaders will serve as judges.  
  • Black Girls SOAR 2020 – This event is a crowning salute to the exemplary young women in Central Ohio who've got NOW and NEXT and are using their talents and voices to positively affect change. The event highlights Black girls' achievement and excellence in the areas of academics, athletics, creativity, performing/visual arts, entrepreneurship, perseverance, social justice, service and volunteerism and STEM innovation.

Council charged CoBG to study the quality of life of Black girls ages 11-22 years old in Columbus and Central Ohio. It was established to develop and implement recommendations to ensure opportunities, prosperous futures and the attainment of a high-quality life for Black girls.

"We took this journey to address the racial inequities experienced by Black women," said Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. "To change the quality of life of Black women, it is necessary to start in the early stages of development to create opportunities to improve their futures."

This year the CoBG issued a quality of life report for Black Girls in Central Ohio. Many of the recommendations address: education, mentoring and leadership, healthcare, safety, racism and bias training, health and well-being, economics, issues experienced by LGBTQ+ youth and families and youth in the child welfare system.

For more information about the CoBG and to view the report, visit