We are a registered not-for-profit in Canada governed by a Board of Directors.
Future Black Female Empowers black girls to rise up!
Future Black Female is a feminist-informed organization that mobilizes Black female youth ages 16-22 to rise up and pursue better outcomes in academic, social, political, and civic arenas.
Our first project, launched in April 2019, was a global essay contest: The Future is Black Female. Writers shared their lived experiences as Black females in their cultures and locations reinforcing the universal truth that Black female youth across the globe struggle against poverty, educational barriers, economic barriers, and health and wellbeing challenges. Unless they comprehend the systems that drive female empowerment, Black female youth are left behind while their counterparts are more resourced and better supported. A big part of this is a lack of voice. They are the most silenced demographic in the world because of their race, gender, socioeconomic and geographical location, and age. Four specific themes emerged as we reviewed their essays:
Gender based violence experienced by them, their mothers and women in their communities;
Lack of access to education and educational resources;
Youth unemployment and underemployment; and
Early marriage based on economic need.
Their essays and these four themes informed and affirmed our next steps as a growing organization. These steps are outlined below along with our Vision and Mission.
Community-Empowered Black Female Youth.
To increase access to opportunities that result in Black female youth across the globe becoming more socially, politically, and economically empowered through strong networks, skills advancement, and rights-based advocacy.
Are fundamental scientific, logical, or moral/ethical “truths” arising from experience, knowledge, and values on which we base our actions and thinking.
Are objective (free of bias, untested assumptions), and as firmly based on provable fact or reasoned analysis as possible.
Underpin FBF's vision, mission, and stems from it's values.
P1: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
Black Feminist Thought:
- Centering of Black Feminists in the understanding of what it is to be a girl or woman.
- Creating and claiming space in the world as Black females; and as a vital part of the global feminist movement.
P2: SOCIAL JUSTICE
FBF believes that for Black Female Youth social change comes when we focus on, and act to implement fundamental solutions to the problems and injustices they face.
STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS 2020 -2025
A. Global grassroots development of a Black female youth movement including participation in the feminist movement and activities to promote female empowerment.
1. Establish and maintain an active membership of Black female youth that act as advisors to organizational and project development and are managed by interns recruited through our networks, female empowerment agencies and open calls on social media.
2. Provide opportunities for Black female youth to travel and learn from each other in different locations around the world through their participation in boot camps and conferences.
3. Facilitate up to eight (8) local partnership boot camps per year
4. Organize and facilitate one (1) international boot camp every 5th year beginning in Canada.
5. Provide training programs, especially for those from disadvantaged communities, that include but are not limited to digital literacy, communications, self-advocacy, grassroots development, and professionalism.
B. An effective governance structure in place.
1. Establish a representative operational Board of Directors.
2. Develop a committee structure to guide and support the Board in governance; fundraising, marketing and communications; finance; and other tasks as required.
C. A fundraising strategy established.
1. Identify fundraising goals.
2. Identify and recruit Champions for the organization.
3. Develop and implement an annual fundraising work plan (e.g. identify and implement fundraising initiatives; recruit corporate and community sponsors).
D. Enhanced social media and digital presence created.
1. Provide social media management by engaging interns from social media educational programs (up to 4 interns annually).
2 Establish a global digital network where Black female youth can:
Share resources and information, including rights based socioeconomic goal;
Enhance knowledge and learning to reduce barriers to full participation in social, academic, political and economic opportunities.
FBF Values are our guidelines for living and behavior:
OUR THREE PRINCIPLES