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Council Announces Funding in Support of Black Girls

[Columbus, OH] Council is excited to announce funding for organizations supporting black girls in Columbus, as part of The Commission on Black Girls. 

The Commission on Black Girls, which focuses on girls between the ages of 11-22, was created to help the City develop a better understanding of the issues impacting Black girls in our community and to provide recommendations to enhance their quality of life.  Since its inception in July 2018, The Commission has participated in fact-finding presentations regarding issues impacting Black Girls - hearing from subject matter experts on topics such as physical health, behavioral health, education, juvenile justice, child welfare, social media, and programs for Black girls and more.  

“I believe that we can change the trajectory of the lives for Black women in this community, but to do so, black girls must be given the resources that they need to improve the quality of their lives,” said Councilmember Tyson.  “Moreover, they must be given the tools that they need to make the long-term, strategic decisions necessary to keep them moving forward.”

Information received by the Commission has demonstrated that services which provide mentorship, and leadership development, along with educational opportunities to enhance academic growth are important elements to help Black girls thrive.  In order to support programs offering these services Councilmember Tyson is sponsoring legislation to fund:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter - The Alpha Sigma Omega Leaders in Training program;
  • Brown Girls Mentoring;
  • Columbus Ohio Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - The Delta Academy and Delta Gems programs; and
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter & Gamma Zeta Zeta Education Foundation - The Archonette Club, and Zetas Helping Other People Excel (ZHOPE) programs

Summary of the Programs Receiving Funding


The Alpha Sigma Omega Leaders in Training program

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter offers the Alpha Sigma Omega Leaders in Training program for middle school girls, grades 6th -8th.  The goal of the program is to teach girls the importance of becoming leaders within their schools, communities and families.  Its focus is to introduce leadership development and help girls believe they can be leaders now and in the future. Opportunities for community engagement and leadership growth will be explored through service projects; participation in arts and culture events; and the annual Girls Leadership Expo which will showcase what the girls have learned while participating in the program.

Brown Girls Mentoring

Brown Girls Mentoring is a leadership development program that is designed to help Black Girls find their voices; teach them how to withstand adversity; introduce them to other Black women who are making changes in their communities; and equip them with tools and resources to lead themselves and others well.

Key areas of the program focuses on the following:

  • Inner Confidence
  • Leading Yourself Well
  • How to Lead Others
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Respecting Yourself and Others
  • Building Trust

The Delta Academy and Delta Gems programs;

The Delta Academy curriculum is centered on activities for young women ages 11 to 14, and focuses on social and emotional development, physiological transitioning and exposure to global ideas and learning objectives.  The curriculum focuses on self-awareness and is designed to develop young women with positive attitudes towards themselves and others, and who are effective and optimistic problem solvers, that are confident about their future.

Delta GEMS is an acronym for Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully.  Since its inception in 2004, the Delta GEMS youth initiative has served as a catalyst for young African American women between the ages of 14 to 18 to enhance their abilities in order to achieve academic excellence.  The national curriculum focuses on programs and activities that sharpen as well as enhance their leadership skills by promoting high levels of academic success and emphasizing decision-making and planning for college. 

The Archonette Club, and Zetas Helping Other People Excel (ZHOPE) programs

The From Girls to Pearls Rites of Passage Program objective is to provide a program for female adolescents of color to prepare them – physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and culturally for passage from childhood to teen. Targeted constituencies: girls age 13 or in the 8th grade. However, 7th and 9th graders can participate.

Archonettes are high school-aged young ladies who demonstrate an interest in the goals and the ideals of scholarship, sisterly love, and community service. Archonette groups are a nationally recognized auxiliary of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

ZHOPE offers ACT Preparatory Courses, Adopt- a- School literacy & mentoring, and quarterly initiatives.