Our mission. Our Fashion for Social Change Initiative facilitates the development of girls of color to create socially-conscious products. We pair systems-involved girls of color with merchandise brands to ideate, manufacture, market & sell products. They foster professionalism & entrepreneurship skills and the profits are reinvested into participants (through scholarship funds) & organizational racial justice work .
Why entrepreneurship for girls of color? Because black, latinx and indigenous girls are the fasted grown prison population and more likely to face trauma and mental health issues. They are also the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship can redirect girls of color away from pipelines to prison, poverty and violence and toward pipelines to leaders and sustainability. Moreover, we are in a "woke" moment: 86% of consumers believe companies should take a stand for social issues.
Use of Funds. We will use these funds to hire a part-time staffer to build retail and other partnerships for the initiative. We will also use them to fund our most recent product line developed during our first-ever Black Girls Design Camp.
One girl & her idea can spread to tens of thousands of consumers.
Real impact is informed girls designing a project, influencing the mindset of consumers & thereby transforming cultures of violence.