The new school year is right around the corner, which means shopping for back-to-school supplies, clothes, books, and other necessary materials.
While this time can be exciting for many, it can also bring a lot of stress to families, especially due to the ongoing pandemic. Given the rising COVID-19 numbers across the US, many parents are still deciding whether to send their children to in-person school or keep them in an online learning environment, with each option presenting its own challenges.
Whether it be a lack of resources or support, it's easy to become overwhelmed, which is why BIN has created a list of multiple organizations and resources out there ready to help Black students succeed and Black families get through the school year.
Keep scrolling to check out five organizations/programs to keep in mind this year.
The National Black Child Development Institute
This organization has been around for 50 years and seeks to bring resource equity to Black families. Not only does the National Black Child Development Institute work with families for child care, Head Start and educational training, but they also connect Black parents to other resources for support. They primarily provide assistance to children from birth to eight years old. Other services include health and wellness programs, literacy, and more.
The United Negro College Fund, rebranded to just UNCF, says it's America's "largest and most effective minority education program." Known for providing college scholarships to Black students enrolled at member schools, they're also helping schools by providing laptops and internet access.
Black Girls Code
For young Black girls looking to break into the science and tech fields, this may be an invaluable resource. Black Girls Code aims to introduce students between seven and 17 to technology skills, including computer programming. The organization also acts as a direct bridge to the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields.
My Brother's Keeper Alliance
This initiative was started by Barack Obama when he was still president of the United States. My Brother's Keeper has been around since 2014, aiming to "address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential, according to the website. Mentorship programs are available for young men wishing to get involved with this organization.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshal College Fund provides a myriad of educational and work opportunities for Black college students. Internships, fellowships, scholarships, mentorship programs, professional development, entrepreneurship, and much more programs are available for students to take advantage of if they apply.