Brown Girl Rise
Our mission is to cultivate s a sisterhood of Black, Indigenous, and girls and nonbinary femmes of color, reclaiming our connection to body, community, land, health, and creativity to cultivate a just future where we rise together.
Bottom Line for Portland
Donating to BGR supports the next generation of leaders and change-maker in the Portland metro area. Our organization is majority volunteer, so donations go directly to paying to women of color staff and the rest to paying for workshops, mutual aid, food for youth and other programming costs. Our programs build joy and confidence in our youth while simultaneously uplifting their incredible expertise so they can take their rightful places as leaders in their community. We increase the well-being of girls and femmes and their families, which ripples out into the health of our entire city. Additionally, we build their skills in environmental sciences, food sovereignity, activism, healing and much more. These youth are already transforming our city for the better. We are seen as experts in anti-racist and feminist work in Portland. We’ve been contracted by PPS to support their equity work, and offer other community trainings on topics from youth advocacy to white allyship. This aspect of our work is also improving the quality of critical social systems for everyone involved.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
BGR was created in our nation’s whitest city as a space for girls and femmes to build the knowledge and resources to rise together toward self-determination and equity. The work of this gorup is powerful resistance to the white supremacy infecting our schools, laws, media and more. BGR supports our youth in interrogating how dominant paradigms and systems of power divide our communities. Facilitators break down concepts like gender, capitalism, and prison abolition through popular education. We create youth-led projects to resist current systems of exploitation even within our own community of BGR through activism and community care. Our leadership works tirelessly to advance equity internally and externally as well. We regularly solicit feedback from our community through surveys and focus groups. We are starting a youth advisory board and interrogating our outreach program to make sure we reach our most marginalized youth. We have structured our organization horizontally to ensure that decision making happens with all voices being heard and relationships and fierce love are central. We have recruited to our leadership team to make certain we are Black- and parent-led. BGR organizes in the community and offers training to advance equity.
The first 20 donors of $250+ will receive a $25 gift card to The Sports Bra, Portland's first sports bar dedicated to women's sports.
Holistic healing center, Common Ground Wellness Cooperative, will provide the first 5 donors (plus 1 guest!) of $500+ with passes to their relaxing soaking pool and dry cedar sauna.
Donate to Brown Girl Rise between December 19 - 23 and you could win a VIP pass to a Rose City Rollers bout including great seats, drink tickets, and more! We will draw one winner's name every day that week.
Donors will receive a 15% off coupon for any size donation and a 15% discount + sticker sheet for any donation above $50.
The first $5,900 donated to Brown Girl Rise via the Give!Guide will be MATCHED thanks to a generous donation from Five Stride Skate Shop, Lombard Street Tattoo, Sellwood Pet Supply, and Meat for Cats and Dogs!
If we reach our goal of 300 individual donors, GladRags will sponsor Brown Girl Rise's next period positivity workshop for up to 25 attendees that will include free reusable pads and copies of Passage: A Guide to Periods.