Just one week ago, beGirl.world partnered with Uniquely You Summit to bring new blockbuster A Wrinkle In Time to over 300 girls in Philadelphia. THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored a girl and the wonderful staff at UA Riverview for the assistance and theater use! The screening was followed by an amazing and empowering panel of women focused on community activism, social justice and education youth through the arts. These accomplished women shared why its important to tell our stories in our voices. Thank you to the following:
Janine Spruill, Founder & Director of Lil Filmmakers - www.lilfilmmakersinc.com
Nuala Cabral, Educator at Temple University & Award Winning Filmmaker
Tanya Jackson, Independent Media Maker & Owner of Life Happens Media Works LLC
Sannii Crespina-Flores, Founder of Un-Inhibited Muse Festival & Do Remember Me
Amira Smith, Director of Marketing & Multicultural Affairs for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office
They also dropped gems for our teens and we are sharing some of the resources also with you below. Thank you to everyone including beGirl.world board member Megan Brandenberger for donating her time and photo talent to us! Check out the resources and enjoy the pictures of a magical day!
Let's continue to invest in our girls. The return on your investment is priceless, we promise!
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BlackStar's Youth Program is open for submissions. Please find link below. There are no submission fees for youth, anyone age 22 and under can submit as many works as they'd like; submissions cannot exceed 20min in length. Full details are indicated at the link provided: https://www.blackstarfest.org/youth-submissions/
We have been wanting to get this interview up for some time and think that Women in Travel Wednesday during Women's History Month is the PERFECT TIME! You may have caught our first ever Instagram Takeover with this amazing human, Alex Penn but if you like us are craving to know more about our Philly turned Houston homegirl who is currently studying in Costa Rica, this interview is for YOU!
Here at beGirl.world, we strive to give our girls examples of not just women older than them but also their peers making the most of opportunities to see the world. Alex is a perfect example! Just in high school, she faced all feared, embraced all faith and ventured from her single mother to go have the experience of a lifetime! I'm sure it wasn't easy for her Mother either who had to see her only daughter off, but her Mom beams nothing but pride and excitement for Alex.
Thank you Alex for being authentically you and authentically magic! She dropped some gems in the interview below that all girls should check out and yes, even some boys! And by the way, our beGirls submitted the questions!
Here's a little sample, but like we said - just read the interview and ENJOY!
"I feel that it is important for young black girls to travel because way too often are we subject to people telling us what we can’t do or can’t achieve and we sometimes start to believe them."
1. What made you want to do this program?
I did this program because I am obsessed with the idea of being a global citizen. I define a global citizen as someone who has the “willingness to immerse themselves in another’s culture.” It is the inherent understanding that the world is vastly larger than your hometown and that there is so much that you can do to improve it. It is, also, the kindness to lend a hand to the world when it finds itself in times of need. I want to live without limits and connect with people all over the world. What a way to achieve that other than taking the chance to travel internationally in your teens and see how other people live! It also helps that my mom is a believer of this idea (being a global citizen) and encouraged me to seize this opportunity. It was completely nerve-wracking at first, but I am glad that I did it.
2. What has been your most favorite and least favorite thing about traveling outside the United States?
My most favorite thing about traveling outside of the United States is the food! I have definitely developed a real appreciation for cooking since I have been here. I love learning new recipes and trying new foods. In Latin America, food is very emotional and a way to connect with or show love to people. It came in handy in the beginning of my exchange because as people say, food is a universal language. Since Costa Rica has a tropical climate, there is a lot of agriculture. Fruits, meats, and spices sold in grocery stores are all fresh and locally grown. Also, food changes with every culture so, as you explore new countries, your palette will always be surprised.
My least favorite thing about traveling outside of the United States are the poor preconceived notions about what it means to be a black Americans. A lot of the information they receive about African Americans is from the media, and, it seems, mostly from rap music and ridiculous satirical movies about the “hood” (e.g. Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood). I have had a lot of conversations with Costa Ricans in which they told me that I’m not “truly black” because I don’t carry specific characteristics that align with their concept of blackness. It seems people everywhere believe that Black Americans are a monolith.
3. What has been your favorite place to go to in Costa Rica?
My favorite place to go in Costa Rica is a small town called San Pablo in the valley of Los Santos. It is about 3 hours, by bus, from my home in San Isidro. My friend Alexandra, also an exchange student (from California), lives there and I went to stay with her for a weekend. It was incredible! The house overlooks the whole valley and I found myself enchanted with the hills. They’re huge and covered in coffee bean fields. Due to the altitude, the clouds always gather below the house and when the sun sets, all you can see are stars. The air is incredibly clean and crisp. The weather drops near freezing at night, but with a cup of hot chocolate and some good company, it’s not too bad. I will always have fond memories of that place.
4. Do you have any tips or advice for how to deal with being homesick?
A part of studying abroad is having bouts of homesickness and that is something that affected me quite often. I am the only child of a single mother, so my mom and I are very close. When I started to feel like I was missing home, I would write about it in my journal and meditate. I brought a couple books here that I enjoy reading, some playlists to dance to, and some feel-good movies to watch when I am down in the dumps. I talked to my mom quite often (and I still do; I can’t lie). Sometimes, if we talk regularly for too long, I begin to get terribly homesick, so we set boundaries on when we can talk. Another thing that is really helpful for getting your mind off of home is picking up some hobbies. Being busy really distracts your mind and also adds to the feeling of having a normal life in your host country.
5. What are the other places outside the USA that you want to travel to?
I am a bit ambitious so my hope is to travel to almost every country there is. There are so many places in the world that I haven’t been to, foods I have yet to try, languages that I’ve never heard of before, and so much more. I think that for my next trips, I would like to go to Italy and Morocco. They seem awesome and different from anything I have already experienced.
6. What would you say you learned from this travel experience?
I would say that from this experience I have learned how to leave my comfort zone and keep my head up when the going gets hard. I am usually very loud, sociable, and unafraid to speak my mind. However, when I arrived in Costa Rica, I became much more timid. I went from talking too much to not talking at all. The language barrier was intimidating and it was much easier to build somewhat of a shell around myself. As time has progressed, I have become much more comfortable with taking risks. Hiding behind fear was keeping me from enjoying myself, so now I talk with everyone without a second thought. Of course, my Spanish isn’t grammatically correct all the time or it’ll take me awhile to find that perfect word, but I know that I am still learning and that I can’t let frustration get in the way of my personal development. I must be patient with myself and keep persevering.
7. Why do you feel it is important for young black girls to travel?
I feel that it is important for young black girls to travel because way too often are we subject to people telling us what we can’t do or can’t achieve and we sometimes start to believe them. I think that traveling will helps us gain a sense of confidence in ourselves and security in our abilities. We get to defy the expectations of others and be the best versions of ourselves by picking up new skills and abilities that help us grow beyond the boundaries of our school, our neighborhood, and our country.
It's Women's History Month and you know around here we will take EVERY SINGLE opportunity to show love to the ladies making moves in the travel industry! Meet Sherrexcia ‘Rexy’ Rolle. She is the Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for Western Air, a Bahamas-based black-owned aviation business. She is EVERYTHING and you should know about her if you don't already. Learn more about Ms. Rolle, what prompted her to go in to her family business and advice to women interested in aviation. Stay tuned all month as we highlight other amazing women!
Ever since the annoucement of this movie came out over a year ago, we have been waiting in anticipation! And just like we did for Hidden Figures in January 2017, beGirl.world wants to pack the theater with youth to see A Wrinkle In Time! This time however we are doing it bigger and better by partnering with another dope Philly organization, Uniquely You Summit AND national organization, Color of Change! Here's how you can get in on the action!
This film is rated PG. A film adaption of the classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
We are looking for schools who can bring students on March 9th to showings in Cherry Hill and Philadelphia (Franklin) Mills during the day to experience this awesome movie. Are you connected to a school? Email email@example.com and we'll let you know the times and details. Schools are responsible for getting the students to and from the theater. We have a limited number of tickets - so first come, first serve! Color of Change is doing this in multiple cities. Find out more here!
Okay, so you aren't a school but you have an organization that serves young girls or you know/have girls that you want to attend this screening? Well, don't fret - there's another opportunity on March 10th! We have space for over 150 girls ages 7-17 to attend A Wrinkle In Time at the Delaware Avenue movie theater for FREE! The time will be 11:00am. This showing will also include a great panel on the importance of diverse storytelling and storytellers. Adults can attend too but must pay for their ticket! Want to learn more or sign up? We'd LOVE to have you. SIGN UP HERE!
And finally, if you don't fit in to either category, but still want to help - you can donate to help a girl see the film! Check out the donation link HERE! We also have the option to PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Venmo (@beGirl-world).
Thank you as always for your support in empowering, elevating and equipping our girls!
RAISE A GIRL WHO TRAVELS INDEED - Ms. Tahira Brown is pure Black excellence this Black History Month as the FIRST ever Black Female Pilot a FedEx. We love everything about her story! She speaks honestly about the barriers she faced, how she overcame them and how mentorship from Mr. Bill Norwood, the FIRST Black pilot at United Airlines helped her achieve this amazing career high.
We love this for many reasons but mainly the fact that our girls can see themselves in Ms. Brown! One of our foundation pillars for beGirls is teaching about traditional and non-traditional careers in travel.
Here's a small nugget to leave you with today, but also check out the entire inspirational article HERE and THANK YOU to Ms. Brown for being an example to our girls. Hopefully we get to meet her someday!
The career path that Brown chose was no walk in the park. She had to work hard to prove herself capable and worthy of every opportunity. She offers advice to young girls who want to become pilots one day–they have to be willing to put in the work. But believing in themselves is probably the biggest challenge to overcome.
“I tell them my life story, and that the end result and sacrifices are going to be worth it. You have to make sacrifices, and the road is going to be hard,” Brown said. “I let them know that I am here to support them, to give them advice and to listen to them, because that was important to me. But, they will have to find it within themselves to know that it is achievable. I also tell young people to not allow negative attitudes to affect you. This has been true for me. We can be our biggest barriers at times. We have to overcome our own personal barriers to achieve our goals.”
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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 email@example.com 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!
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Monetary Donations - There are various ways to give:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org to connect us with someone in these areas:
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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!