August Newsletter


On August 29th, BGV held our 4th Annual Dope Black Girls Brunch in partnership with our friends at Color Vision. This event celebrates Black women in media and politics and their efforts to open doors, uplift, and advocate for Black people everywhere. Our honorees participated in a panel hosted by Dr. Wendy Osefo that was inspirational, aspirational, and timely. Conversational high points included a word from Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, a message on staying true to yourself from Symone Sanders, the importance of a support system from Gia Peppers, and Alicia Garza reminding us to always remember the constant fight we’re in and our roots. Additionally, this event was complete with a live DJ, a 360 photo booth, and an open bar courtesy of Moët Hennessy! Tickets were limited due to maintaining COVID-safe guidelines, and we still had an amazing turnout and a completely sold out event! If you were not able to attend, check out our lookbook and highlight video. Come out and celebrate with us next year!

The Baltimore Equitable Vaccination Initiative (a collaboration between The Rockefeller Foundation, Black Girls Vote, OSI-Baltimore, The Baltimore Health Department, and Baltimore Corps) came together to support Heal the Hood 2 on August 7th and 8th. Heal the Hood 2 is a block party, resource fair, and celebration of life featuring food, music, vendors, and family-friendly activities. The Baltimore Equitable Vaccination Initiative supported the UMMS walk-up vaccine clinic, which was available from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and offered free COVID vaccines.

The BGV Outreach Team has partnered with the Young Queens in Training and La Familia Brand to bring you the Project Peace Community Event! The Outreach team spent the month of August collecting donations, feminine hygiene products, and back-to-school supplies for young girls from low-income backgrounds. At the Project Peace Community Event, these donations were packaged and given to over 100 Young Queens in need. The event also provided fun and engaging times for the whole family with food, basketball tournaments, live entertainment, and even voter registration courtesy of Black Girls Vote. Make sure you follow us on social media (@blackgirlsvote) to find out how to volunteer with us!

Chimere Eaton has been with Black Girls Vote since its launch at Western high school on November 30th, 2015. She attended the very first meeting and immediately signed up to be a volunteer. Since then, she has continually proven to be an asset to the organization and has served in several roles including Operations Manager, Director of Operations, and Membership Lead.

When asked why she initially joined Black Girls Vote, she said, “I was inspired to become a member of BGV because I wanted to be a part of the solution. So many times we complain about how things are but don’t do anything to change them. Becoming a member of BGV has given me the opportunity to do my part to change things. As a member, I have gained a better understanding of policies, legislation and its impact on our day to day lives. It’s been very rewarding to be a part of the development of such a great organization that is growing and making an impact in the community. I’m excited for BGV’s growth and to see what is in store for its future.”

We are excited for BGV’s growth and future too, Chimere! And we thank you for your contribution to creating the foundation of this organization.

Thank you, Chimere! Your dedication to BGV can not be overlooked. We are so grateful to have you as part of #TeamBGV!!

Lindsey Dixon is a Baltimore resident and senior at Howard University in Washington (HU) where she majors in Political Science. She is the current president of our newest chapter of Black Girls Vote, which has just been approved on Howard’s campus! But this is no small feat. This process has taken two years and required completing an application, writing a petition, getting letters of approval and more. In addition to leading on-campus efforts to bring BGV to HU, Lindsey has also interned for a congresswoman on Capitol Hill, volunteered at Greater Hopes Food Bank in Baltimore, and volunteered at DC Central Kitchen all while pledging to become a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Lindsey says, “I think the most important thing about having BGV at Howard is being active in national politics and taking advantage of the fact that so many opportunities are at our disposal in Washington D.C. I am most excited about establishing BGV’s reputation on campus this year and holding our voter registration drives.”

Thank you for your unrelenting will, Lindsey. We are so proud of you and look forward to celebrating even more achievements from the Howard University Black Girls Vote Chapter. Congratulations to you and all of our newest collegiate ambassadors at HU!! We recognize your light and uplift your work, as we pass the torch to you: the next generation.

Since the pandemic began, about 493,000 women are no longer a part of the workforce. Black Girls Vote wants to do our part in getting women back in the workplace by providing these job announcements for current listings.

Internships

Volunteer

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN INTERN!!!

Black Girls Vote, Inc. (BGV)– a Baltimore-based national non-partisan, grassroots organization that focuses on activating the collective voting power and civic-engagement of Black women to advocate for issues that impact them and their families – is looking for an intern to join our growing team. This role will support BGV’s Communications, Special Projects, Outreach, Advocacy, Collegiate, and Roles & Responsibilities Teams in order to further advance the organization’s mission and vision. The BGV Intern will be responsible for drafting content, managing calendars, taking notes during meetings, and supporting each BGV Team in various plans, including external events, announcements and outreach for BGV activities.

The BGV Intern will report directly to the Communications Associate and Communications Project Associate.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Support BGV Teams in managing projects
  • Manage content calendars
  • Must prioritize and manage competing deadlines for multiple projects
  • Must be solutions-oriented and comfortable adapting and adjusting quickly
  • Must be comfortable drafting potential content for social media and other external communication

Experience with graphic design editing platforms such as Canva is a plus

Qualifications
The following qualifications will set up the candidate for success in this role:

  • Passion for advocating for transformative, sustained change that centers and impacts Black women
  • Current college student or recent college graduate
  • Strong leadership abilities and self-starter
  • Team player and innovator

Compensation

This position is part-time offering $12-15/hr.
Please provide a cover letter, writing sample and resume to be considered for this position to HR@blackgirlsvote.com.

Black Girls Vote is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

 

Catch us at the 2021 NCoC Annual Conference on Citizenship to hear more about Party at the Mailbox and our Richmond expansion. Get registered for this event here!

RICHMOND — We are partnering with Party at the Mailbox (PATM) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) to head to Richmond for the gubernatorial election in November. We are bringing the party to you! PATM is a grassroots initiative to partner with local organizations and businesses in an effort to increase voter registration and turnout. So far, PATM has been to Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia, and we are currently headed to Richmond to galvanize voters for the Virginia gubernatorial election!

Richmond here we come! We are looking for partner organizations to help solidify Richmond as a PATM city. If that sounds like you or someone you know fill out this form, and we will be in contact with you!

PARTY AT THE MAILBOX, a Black Girls Vote Initiative, Fiscally Sponsored by NCoC, a 501(c)(3) organization
BlackGirlsVote is a 501(c)(3) organization separate from Party at the Mailbox. For information regarding Party at the Mailbox, created by Black Girls Vote, please visit the National Conference on Citizenship: www.NCOC.org