Black Girls Resilience Leadership Academy (BGRLA)
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
We, the members of the Lincoln Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated are excited about expanding our Black Girls’ Resilience Leadership Academy program to all Lincoln Public High Schools for the 2021-2022 academic year.
We began the academy in fall 2019, working solely with Northeast High School. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we paused the program in 2020, with the intention of restarting it in 2021.
After much deliberation, we decided to open up the program to Black girls in LPS, ages 14 to 18 in grades 9 to 12. We define “Black girls” to include Black or African American, African, bi-racial Black, and Black multi-racial individuals who identify as girls. This program is partially funded by Humanities Without Walls.
The Black Girls’ Resilience Leadership Academy (BGRLA) is designed to provide mentorship for:
- Young women, who have potential, but need guidance, support and skills to achieve success.
- Young women who are interested in developing leadership skills.
- Young women who are actively pursuing college and/or career options.
- Young women who need encouragement and support in pursuit of higher learning.
We seek to offer a road map for Black girls through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Accordingly, our goals are:
- To instill the need to excel academically;
- To provide tools that enable participants to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
- To assist participants in proper goal setting and planning for their futures in high school and beyond;
- To create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by encouraging them to be actively involved in community service opportunities.
To meet these goals, we will expose students to a range of humanities and arts activities, taking advantage of programming at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Mary Riepma Ross Theater, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and other local venues.
In addition, we will host virtual humanities workshops, introducing the girls to various Black women scholars across the United States, with an emphasis on those at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Lastly, we will sponsor an HBCU College Tour in spring 2022, for eligible participants (juniors and seniors).