As graduation neared, Ashley began reflecting on the past four years of college. She realized if she had known what she knew now, four years ago, things might have gone more smoothly. Searching the internet, she began to look for advice on what to do next, but seldom found women who looked like her in the position she dreamed of landing. Thus, BlackGirlsGraduate was born. Enlisting the help of her sister Ije and close friend Tikkara, they began to set out on a journey to provide a resource that would generate content specifically geared towards the success of black girls.
Our Mission : Black Girls Graduate (BGG) is an online resource dedicated to inspire and empower black women to change the narrative we see in media; advocating for educational attainment and professional careers within our community.
Our Vision : We envision BGG as a resource that helps provide opportunities for black women to be equally empowered to achieve in higher education, career advancement, and economic security. Women of color, especially those of low socioeconomic status, have limited access to insight, guidance, and perspective from successful, high-achieving young professionals who look like us. To help with this initiative we profile African American women who exemplify excellence within their field of expertise. It is by seeing women who look like us in these leading roles that dreams become more tangible and the journey that can get us there becomes more realistic.
To do this, BGG focuses on:
Pathways to a Career
Navigating the Post-Graduate System
Closing the Opportunity Gap
Meet the Founders
Hailing STRAIGHT OUTTA CHICAGO, Ashley is something like a trap queen, but more along the lines of a Black Queen. Born a creative spirit & with a love for writing, this media junkie knew there was something unusual about herself that made her stand out from her peers. She turned this awkwardness into a career graduating with a degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University. She’s even managed to land opportunities at a few of the biggest firms in PR. When she’s not binge photoshopping, catching up on the latest Black Enterprise articles, or parlaying at an NABJ conference, you will find her pouring her soul into her love child: BlackGirlsGraduate.
A native of the Southside of Chicago, Tikkara graduated from Syracuse University in 2014 with degrees in both Advertising and International Relations. After graduation, she soon found herself jobless, penniless, and living at home with her best-friend aka mommy. Due to the lack of networking she did while in college, coupled with the desire to “find her purpose” and keep her phone on, she took a job tutoring high school students in Chicago – a job that required an abundance of patience and forgiveness. However, it is from this experience that she was reminded why BGG was definitely needed in predominantly and historically black communities. Since then, she has been hooked on urban policy both domestically and internationally.
Ijeamaka describes her life’s work and interest as social responsibility, social change and social enterprise. She continuously seeks innovative solutions to closing the opportunity gap and increasing equity in communities. She has always been passionate about children and has volunteered at schools in rural Ghana and West Philadelphia. But she learned most about the challenges of the education system when she joined Teach for America and taught 6th grade mathematics in southwest Houston. There she realized there was much to be addressed before students even entered the classroom. She is now pursuing a JD/MBA at New York University with the aim of being in a position to change the status quo. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Incorporated!
- Blavity – January 26, 2016 15 Intagram Accounts that Celebrate #BlackGirlMagic