a necessary force for gun violence prevention and its impacts.
BLACK GIRLS BLOOM
Our commitment to people is our leading priority.
As a result, we have pursued numerous initiatives supporting south and west-side Chicagoans to tackle our city’s gun violence epidemic. We hold true that gun violence in our communities directly results from divestment and disempowerment. In response, we work to invest in and empower our communities through programs like BLOOM.
THE EMBODIMENT OF
IT STANDS FOR BELIEVING,
LOVING, AND OWNING THE
OPULENCE IN MYSELF.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The BLOOM Cohort is a 6-month program that picks up where many leave off by deepening Black and Brown women’s relationship to self-care, self-love, and nourishment so that they may be transformed. As these women are provided with new, leisurely, and luxury wellness experiences, they expand their capacity to confront and defeat the barriers that have held them back from being active agents and changemakers for themselves, their families, and their communities. During the program, the women engage in intimate educational wellness workshops, adopt new practices, build sisterhood, embark on excursions, and work with a social worker through counseling to set and attain goals. The culmination of this program is a graduation ceremony where participants are awarded with a certification of completion and celebrated by their families and friends. At the end of the program, the women become ambassadors to support the next class while also taking on leadership roles in their families and communities.
Some of our activities this year include...
SELF LOVE, SELF CARE, & NOURISHMENT WORKSHOPS W/ SISTA AFY COMMUNITY CARE
OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF 'JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR' ON BROADWAY
EMBODYING VISION THROUGH IMPROV WORKSHOP
DAY TRIP TO APPLE HOLLER APPLE ORCHARD
VEGAN CUPCAKE WORKSHOP W/ MAJANI
VISION BOARDING W/ THE SANCTUARY
Caring for ourselves is an act of self-preservation. We lead with this pillar to instill a culture of critical care and innate worthiness for those impacted by the effects of gun violence. By giving them the tools and agency to practice self-care, we aim to also increase feelings of self-love and self-worth.
In order to bloom, a flower must have enough nutrients in the environment it’s rooted in. By exposing women to new foods, expanding their understanding of nutrition, and building a connection to the natural world—we aim to create experiences that nourish them mentally, physically, and spiritually.
When existing in cycles of trauma and violence, it’s hard to remember that we have an unlimited source of power we can tap into to transform our lives. By helping women harness their transformative capacity—women of color leave the cohort having bloomed into the gifts that were always inside of them.