Black Girls Rock Inc. has teamed with crowd-funding site Indiegogo to help raise money to give young black female achievers the opportunity to attend the 2014 Black Girls Rock Queens' Camp for Leadership and Excellence. The camp will be held at New York City’s Columbia University, between July 19th and August 1st.

Established in 2006 by Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock continues to celebrate women of color and their achievements. Accepting girls between the ages of 13-17, this year, 32 participants represent various cities across the US and countries including Pakistan, South Africa, Liberia, and the United Kingdom.  Designed to help participants overcome fears and negative influences, ladies are taught how to refine their skills in writing, public speaking, project management, and personal creativity. Other stellar programs include financial literacy courses, leadership seminars, art-based enrichment workshops, college & career prep, coding, and robotics.

“Your work of molding, young ladies into strong, competent leaders of our generation can be compared to the act of uprooting a weed within our communities. A weed that has been planted many years ago, which depicts young black girls as dependent, non-classy, materialistic members of society,” said former attendee Khosi Mazibuko Ndlovu. “I’m sure I stand on behalf of all my Black Girls Rock! Sisters, when I express my gratitude for every lesson…”

The Black Girls Rock Inc. crowd-funding campaign concludes July 20, 11:59pm, Pacific time. Having currently reached 16% of their goal, $50,000 is needed in order for Black Girls Rock Inc. to be able to run the camp this year.

To support Black Girls Rock's Queens' Camp for Leadership and Excellence, go to IndieGogo.