Okay, we have an excuse for not updating this blog with all of our amazing adventures - we've been busy adventuring! Kidding, well - not really. Since launching our second amazing beGirl class in July 2017, we dove right in to exploring, learning and discovering. Yesterday, we announced our trip to Quebec City this Spring! Stay tuned for more information on that. In the meantime, check out some of the cool things we have been up to and thanks as always for your support as we continue to RAISE A GIRL WHO TRAVELS!
beGirl.world takes on Washington, DC // November 10, 2017 - Thanks to the awesome staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, we were able to have a great day full of culture, fun and education capped off by a dinner with Sabrina Curtis & Kilara Suit. Both women have traveled extensively and were able to give the beGirls some insight on their ventures. Check out a few photos and fun video below!
beGirl.world at FGF's Teen Summit // December 9, 2017 - Our Executive Director Deesha was a guest speaker at this year's Fit Girl Fresh Weekend in Philly! As part of the fun and fitness packed weekend, there is a Teen Summit where dozens of girls gather from the Philadelphia area to take part in a series of activities focused on mental, physical and spiritual health. The beGirls got to participate and also meet some awesome women who gave them some great words of advice! Check out some highlights below!
Chasing Lights Book Signing at Temple University // January 22, 2018 - We were honored to be invited to the book signing and Meet & Greet with Philly homegirl and White House photographer Amanda Lucidon! She recently published a collection of stunning photos from her days as Mrs. Michelle Obama's photographer. The beGirls LOVED meeting with her and hearing her stories. She inspired them to continuing chasing your dreams and opportunities because you never know where they may lead! Amanda is also a Turnaround artist which is a program that uses art to help turn low performing schools around! We can't wait to have Amanda do a full beGirl.world session. Check out some highlights below!
WE HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP WITH THE NEW BEGIRL.WORLD 2017 CLASS!
Our last international trip was August 2016 to London, England and Paris, France. We are so happy to report our next trip to Quebec City, Quebec in May 2018. In addition to seeing all the things, eating all the things and experience ALL THE THINGS, we will be attending the Women In Travel Summit where our beGirls will have a chance to interact with some amazing women in travel. Stay tuned for more details but check out this video to get a preview of what we will experience this Spring!
AHHHHH, we can't wait! #RAISEAGIRLWHOTRAVELS
It’s been a minute since we have blogged and we’re sorry! We often get inquiries on how people can further support our purpose to empower & elevate young girls through global education and travel. Everything we do and every dollar we get in goes towards challenging girls to think beyond their neighborhood, dream bigger than their city limits, and create possibilities outside their country borders.
Here’s a list of how you can help us. If you need further information or want to talk more about your donation or contribution, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will promptly get back to you. If you can help in a way that is not listed below, please still reach out to us and let’s brainstorm!
beGirl.world is a registered 501c3 and contributions are tax-deductible.
Monetary Donations - There are various ways to give:
Through your employer - beGirl.world is registered with the following employee programs that allow direct funds from your paycheck to be donated. In many cases, employers match the funds allowing us to maximize your donation:
We understand that not everyone can donate money, so here are some other ways that we need your help:
As we grow and continue to change more lives, there is a need for more staff to come on board. If you are an expertise in any of these areas, we’d love to discuss opportunities with you. Please email email@example.com to connect us with someone in these areas:
You can give to beGirl.world every time you shop Amazon! Through the Amazon Smile program, 0.5% of your purchase goes to beGirl.world - and it's easy! Click here: smile.amazon.com and sign in under your Amazon ID.
You will be directed to choose a charity. Type in beGirl.world and that's it!
Tag us in all your travel photos using hashtag #raiseagirlwhotravels! It'll help spread the word about our organization and allow us to see some of your fly photos from your travels. Feel free to tag us in articles you think the girls may find interesting, scholarships - anything appropriate related to global education & travel.
YES! You read that right! Okay, if you aren't familiar with Nomadness Travel, it is a LARGE global tribe of diverse and multi-cultural travelers that spread love, light and experiences. Founded by Ms. Evita Robinson, Nomadness connects people from around the world and challenges the notion that travel is reserved for certain types of people (as we often see in travel magazines, tv shows, blogs and advertisements - *sips tea*).
While running Nomadness, Ms. Evita created 'Compass by Evita' to navigate in her own words - beauty for change. Compass by Evita has lipsticks featured with cities around the world. A portion of the proceeds of each lipstick goes towards a different non profit in the named city and we are so honored, humbled and EXCITED that beGirl.world is the beneficiary of the beautiful, crazy, sexy, cool (just like Philadelphia) PHILLY lipstick!
This is HUGE for us and as a growing organization, having people truly believe in what you are doing enough that they invest in your efforts is indeed priceless.
THANK YOU EVITA! Now everyone else, go run and get the lipstick to help us RAISE A GIRL WHO TRAVELS!
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On Saturday, August 5th, some of our beGirl.world alumni and 2 girls from our new class had the honor of attending BET's Black Girls Rock Celebration hosted by Taraji P. Henson! The signature black girl magic event honored inspirational heavyweights like Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Solange, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Roberta Flack, Suzanne Shank, and community advocates Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of The Black & Missing Foundation.
We arrived at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center around 6:30pm, hurried through security, took a zillion photos (highlights below) before taking our seats for the show, which opened with a performance from SZA. Many of us had never attended a live taping of a televised show of that magnitude so experiencing the starting, stopping and repeat performances gave us a first account of how a broadcast was put together.
We won't say too much more because the show airs on August 22nd on BET, but we walked away feeling so inspired to be in a room surrounded by so many women to look up to that all had their set of personal struggles as they climbed the ladder in their professional or personal lives. Perhaps the most profound of the night for us was actress Yara Shahidi who is from the hit TV show Black-ish and soon to have her own show, Grown-ish. She'll be entering Harvard this Fall! She said, "We as black women focus so much on what we are not. Let's focus on what we are." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Enjoy the photos (we weren't allowed to take any inside of the venue during the show) and thank you to BET, DJ Beverly Bond and all the women who encourage us to remain steadfast in our quest for greatness, confidence and success. Check out this great recap & we can't wait to see the show on TV!
We couldn't think of a better way to start our NEW beGirl.world blog than with a quick recap and tons of photos from the July 8th launch of our second beGirl.world cohort! We promise to keep it short so you can get to all the great photos (and we understand if you want to skip the words and head to the photos :) )!
11 teen girls from the Philadelphia area (we have 12 in total for this class, but 1 couldn't make launch day) came together with their parents for a filled day of games, dancing, treats, activities and all around FUN! The day started with music blasting as some of our beGirl.world alumni welcomed the new girls to beGirl.world with signature binders, suitcase themed nametags and the schedule for the day.
After the introduction and welcome from bGw staff, Deesha (co-founder, Executive Director), Marcella (co-founder, Program Director) and Briana (summer intern), the girls participated in an icebreaker that helped them get familiar with each other - afterall they will be glued to the hip for the next 2 years as they form friendships, sisterhood and a fly travel squad! After the ice-breaker, the girls proceeded to make travel vision boards, a staple of bGw. We believe that these vision boards serve multiple purposes: to allow them to start visualizing their travel dreams, to see those dreams as attainable and last to allow them to see and reflect on those dreams enough to work them in to reality. While Briana and bGw alumni led them through that activity, Deesha & Marcella spoke privately with the parents about concerns, expectations, and everything in between.
As the vision board project rounded out, we had a yummy lunch which included travel-themed desserts made exclusively for us by Sweet Treats by Kiya. The open seating style at lunch allowed the girls to get to know each other more, socialize and chat about all the places they want to visit. Lunch finished and it was time to dance! Briana got the ladies up and moving with a motivational dance that affirmed their beauty, strength and potential. We have a couple of dancers in this group, so everyone did just great learning the steps and having a great time.
The last activity was Travel Jeopardy that was orchestrated and led by Marcella. This is such an interactive and engaging way of introducing the teens to bGw. It was quite competitive and although Team A was leading by a few hundred dollars, Team B came back and took the WIN! They were all winners however as they got to learn so many great facts about topics like careers in travel, Africa, festivals around the world and much more!
The day concluded with take home gifts including candy and treats from around the world, custom t-shirts by Cali Crafts and a handful of laughs and memories. It's the perfect combination to kick off the next 2 years on the go! Enjoy the slideshow which gives a visual recap of this amazing day!
Photography donated by Traci Elaine.