From Interest Group to Chartering: How We Came to Be
The 100 Black Women of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Area Interest Group was a pre-curser to the current Charlottesville Metropolitan Area Chapter. The group was formed by women who shared interest in providing mentorship, education, and more to Black women and girls. The mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity, in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Ultimately, this group formed for women who have a sense of social responsibility and a strong desire to ensure that our young women solidify their rightful place in society.
A caring city counsel man initiated dialogue with several women in the community who were interested in starting a group with the purpose of mentoring and advocating on behalf of black women and girls. As a result a group of women began meeting in the City of Charlottesville in February of 2016. A that time, Khalilah Ambrose Jones, Shanton Franklin-Sims and Sherica Jones-Lewis emerged as leaders. When the group began to consider becoming part of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Shantron Franklin-Sims was the Organizing Group Leader. Just ahead of chartering, new officers were elected including: President, Joyce Ivory; 1st Vice President of Membership, Tiffani Dennis; 2nd Vice President of Membership; and 3rd Vice President of Finance and Fund Development, Janelle Cockrell.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Area is in its second year. There have been some changes, as the office of 1st Vice President of Programs is open and Tiffani Dennis is acting as a mentor to transition that role. Over the first year the group has worked to make a large impact on the area.
Program Highlights Include:
Healthy Living Expo
Saturday, September 8th, 20018 10 am to 2 pm
Carver Recreation Center
Free community health fair with information tables, screenings of blood pressure, and blood sugar, as well as stage presentations of exercise strategies. Attendees participated in exercise activities to learn of opportunities in the community for health promotion through regular exercise.
Annual Healthy Lunches 2018
August 9, 2018
Boys and Girls Club, Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA Attendees first had an educational session explaining the importance of avoiding sugary drinks and added sugar in the diet. The attendees then went through several stations demonstrating healthy lunch options including healthy proteins, fruits and vegetables. They also attended an education station with a local pediatrician. Additionally, students were able to visit the library table and sign up for a library card. Students were exposed to potentially new foods and food combinations. They learned the importance of food choice in overall wellness, and left the event with a open mind about healthy food options.
Rocking Your Natural You
October 25, 2018
Boys and Girls Club, Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA
Attendees had an opportunity to choose and visit natural. self-care sessions with stations. Though this was targeted at those who identify as female, males participated as well. There were stations on skin care, nail care, hair tips and tricks, exercise, and positive self-image.
For more information about these and other happenings, please visit the events page.