The B.L.A.C. Project exists to provide creative and effective opportunities for BIPOC to gain access to education through the arts. One of the things we focus on through our Road to Royalty project is fostering personal efficacy and a growth mindset. The B.L.A.C. Project provides an environment and community where BIPOC youth can explore business and creative areas in a safe space - furthering the development of entrepreneurial skills, mindsets, self-agency, and the transferability of these skills and mindsets into school, career, and life.
Road to Royalty
Fostering the next generation of Black excellence
Road to Royalty was created to bridge the gap between formal education and essential life skills with a specific focus on high school-aged Black youth. As such, our primary goal is to prepare Black youth for life after high school by equipping them with critical life skills that they may not have been provided otherwise.
The goals for the “Road to Royalty” program are as follows:
1. To help Black youth understand what the world will hold for them once they graduate high school.
2. To provide assistance in the application process while students pursue college or trade school.
3. To supply mentorships for Black youth who currently work in the fields they wish to pursue after high school.
4. To educate Black youth on the pros and cons of entrepreneurship and assist them in launching businesses should they desire.
5. Educate and train Black youth on essential life skills (i.e. goal setting, establishing accounts, establishing credit, applying for jobs, working and building/maintaining relationships of all kinds)
Literacy for All
The Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative Project is conducting a book drive that will benefit the Boston BIPOC Community.
We are asking for book donations for BIPOC youth ages 5-18. We are looking for books that showcase Black characters, tell Black stories, are written and/or illustrated by Black authors, and uplift the Black community. If you are unsure what types of books to donate, you may also donate money towards our Literacy Baskets. All books and baskets will be delivered to families in need in the summer and winter of each month.
Enhance Literacy Levels
The BLAC Project has chosen to focus on the particular strengths and needs of black children and families in the broader context of a shared goal: ensuring that all Black Americans are reading proficiently. We have chosen to adopt this overarching objective in response to data demonstrating both the critical nature of this educational benchmark and the devastating performance of Black families, only 15 percent of whom are reading proficiently in 4th grade. The BLAC Project aims to improve literacy levels within African American communities by engaging families and helping them develop an at-home literacy routine with proven results that link to academic and life success.
Promote Mental Wellness
“My mental health doesn’t affect my job.”
“Children don’t experience issues with mental health."
These are common myths that plague our society. Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being; it affects how we think, act, and feel. The BLAC Project understands the importance of this throughout every stage of life and aims to enhance positive mental health through self-love workshops, webinars, workbooks, creative arts, and access to mental health counselors. These programs will help at-risk communities to positively handle stress, relate better to others, and make positive life choices.
Booked and Blessed
The Booked and Blessed program is designed to help BIPOC teens and young adults who are already running businesses, but need more support to grow and put structure around what they've started. Through our 8-week program, participants will learn best practices for building more effective operations, money management, accounting and bookkeeping, and tips on how to better engage customers. The program curriculum also focuses on other areas that we see small BIPOC-owned businesses struggling with most, including customer service, marketing and branding, and strategic planning, to name a few. By the end of the program, you'll be connected to the resources, coaches, and support you need to launch and grow your business.
The selection for Levels 2 & 3 of the program is competitive, and a maximum of 30 companies will be selected to participate. As a participant of the Level 3 selling event, you will also be able to compete for a small financial investment from The B.L.A.C. Project and our partners, to help support the growth of your business.
Costs & Format:
Booked and Blessed learning content is self-guided, at-your-own-pace, with additional meetings & touch points based on the level of access you opt into. Financial assistance may be available, based on need. There are three levels to this program. The price of each level are as follows:
Level One: $35
Level Two: $65
Level Three: $75
View information below about what is included at each level.
Access to the Booked and Blessed curriculum via our digital platform. Your access to this platform will expire at the end of the program.
Downloadable guides and worksheets to accompany the digital content.
All the Level One Benefits
BiWeekly group sessions with the B.L.A.C. Project team and entrepreneurial guest speakers
BiWeekly 1-1 and/or small group sessions with a business coach in or adjacent to the participant’s area of business
Access to a community of business owners and mentors with the potential to provide additional resources, feedback, etc.
All Level One & Two Benefits
Invitation to participate in an exclusive selling event coordinated by the B.L.A.C. Project, attended by The B.L.A.C. Project’s network and community to be scheduled 2-4 weeks after the conclusion of this program.
As a participant in this selling event, you will also be able to compete for a small financial investment from The B.L.A.C. Project to help support the growth of your business.
WORKSHOPS & POP-UP'S
Interested in a one-day entrepreneurship experience for your group?
We specialize in creating robust and engaging content to get people excited and interested in the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. From one-hour workshops to multi-hour summits or events, contact us to develop a plan that works best.
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS:
DEVELOPING A GROWTH MINDSET
This program aims to enhance positive mental health through self-love workshops, webinars, workbooks, creative arts, and access to mental health counselors. These programs will help at-risk communities to positively handle stress, relate better to others, make positive life choices, and become advocates for positive mental health.
Raise awareness about mental health
Reduce stigma associated with mental health and mental illness in the Black community
Promote practices that support mental and emotional wellbeing
Facilitate opportunities for psychological growth
Cultivate self-awareness and positive self-efficacy
Educate on how to navigate and advocate on the mental health continuum (general mental health to illness & disorders)
Participants will gain a better understanding of the concepts of mental health; it’s myths and misconceptions.
Participants will demonstrate knowledge of beneficial mindfulness and mental health practices.
Participants will develop skills such as flipping negative self-talk to improve mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
At least 75% of participants will show improved mental health through self-reported assessments such as surveys, journaling, and peer-led groups.
Participants will better understand mental health issues affecting the population and become advocates for change and Mental Health awareness in their community
Young adults who had intensive arts experiences in high school are more likely to show civic-minded behavior than young adults who did not, with comparatively high levels of volunteering, voting, and engagement with local or school politics.