Self-love is an essential component of healthy self-esteem. When we love ourselves, we are more likely to treat ourselves with respect and care. We are also more likely to take care of our physical and emotional health.
Unfortunately, many black people do not have access to self-love resources and support. This is why it is important to know about self-love organizations that care about the well-being of black people. In this blog post, we will discuss 7 self-love organizations that you should check out!
If you know of additional community programs in the united states that I didn’t mention on this list, please share in the comments below!
1. The Foundation For Black Women’s Wellness
The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that was founded by Lisa Peyton-Caire who experienced losing her mom to heart disease. This self-love organization provides free health screenings and education to black women in order to promote self-love and healthy living.
One of the beautiful aspects of this organization is what they offer. On a rotating schedule throughout the month, they offer free online movement classes consisting of body groove, yoga, and more. They even offer online support groups for those with Lupus. Head to their Instagram to learn more about their offerings.
2. The Self-Love Organization
This self-love organization was one of the first ones I discovered because I was looking for a community online to support. Their mantra is, “it’s time for black women to heal, ” and I’m all for any digital space in support of black women reaching their full potential while on the journey of self-love.
The sisterhood that is formed by their wellness retreats, self-love workshops, festivals, and more definitely would make any black woman want to be a part of their community.
Check out their site to learn more about what they do.
3. I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.
An award-winning non-profit organization based out of Buford, Ga was founded with the mission to promote self-esteem and leadership development among girls and women alike. Co-founders Dr. Woodard and Zenobia have a combined 20+ years of experience in leadership, education, program development, and more, it’s no wonder this organization is as impactful as it is.
One of their most popular programs is the HOPE Mentoring program which addresses self-esteem workshops for girls ages 7-18 that hits issues affecting middle school and high school-age students to exchange ideas about education, sexual health, and positive self-talk while also fostering healthy relationships with themselves.
4. Pretty with Purpose
This female-led mentor group is located in the Tampa Bay area, founded by Kimberley L. Jefferson in 2017. When perusing their site, I got the immediate sense that their mission is to cultivate a God and spirit-led environment for young women to grow.
Pretty with Purpose serves predominantly, black young girls who are dealing with at-home family issues and/or experiencing difficulty with day-to-day decisions. This mentorship program is there to either keep them on track or put them in a position to get on track so that they can experience success. Interested in getting involved? Just simply fill out a contact form on their site today.
5. Black Girls Smile
Featured in Refinery 29, the Clinton Foundation, and more, this self-love organization is based in New York and was founded by Lauren Carson. This organization’s sole purpose is to improve self-esteem and self-love in black girls through mental health awareness and education. Black women dealing with mental health issues are of utmost importance to them which is why offering resources to black women to seek help when they need it is a priority.
One program, in particular, Black Girl Magic caught my eye as it brings social awareness to black girls embracing their identity and race as a coping mechanism. I definitely admire any organization helping black girls become women leaders.
6. Black Women’s Health Initiative
Black Women’s Health Initiative is not shy about why they do what they do. Ambitious and unapologetic, their mission is to “improve the health and wellbeing of Black women and girls through advocacy, education, research, and leadership development.” And they’ve been doing just that for 38 years.
Their advocacy and social justice work has led them to partner with members of Congress to help pass The Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act and expand Medicaid coverage for breast cancer screenings. They also offer a variety of signature programs Change Your Lifestyle, Change Your Life, My Sister’s Keeper, On Our Own Terms, and Positive Period.
This organization is also the first one started by black women to enhance the wellness of black women. If you ask me, that’s pretty darn impressive.
7. Margwine Organization
Right here in my hometown, there is a non-profit organization doing the self-love work and then some. Founded by Margie Wine, the Margwine Organization is an organization that is committed to empowering young girls to become the best version of themselves. One way that they do this is by “planting seeds of success, providing a nourishing and safe environment so that they can all flourish.”
One takeaway that I definitely receive from the Margwine Organization is that they are huge on self-care and teach the importance of self-love to teenage girls by making sure that they establish a positive relationship between themselves and the community. If you’re in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, I definitely recommend that you apply to become a mentor and suggest you bring someone to their next community engagement.
Improving The Quality of Life With Self Love Organizations
If you’re looking for an organization to get involved with or donate to, any of these self-love organizations would be more than happy to have your support! We all need to do our part in promoting self-love and healthy self-esteem, especially within the black community, especially for our young people.
What other self-love organizations are you familiar with? Leave a comment below and let us know!