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What is The BOLD Academy?

Black + Brown Opportunity, Leadership & Development   

Our vision:

The vision of The BOLD Academy Leadership and Excellence Academy is to support, nurture, and enhance the leadership skills of Black and Brown girls in Columbia. The goal of The BOLD Academy is to empower and uplift Black and Brown Girls through enrichment opportunities, leadership training, education, and positive identity development.


Provide enrichment opportunities for girls ages 12-17 in an academy setting. This week-long academy is free and will be held at Stephens College, billed as the premier sponsor, from Monday to Friday during the week in the month of July.

This academy will profile speakers, demonstrations, presentations, workshops, sisterhood bonding, and mentoring. We will also have a parent and family engagement piece and a field trip experience. 

We will offer enrichment in different areas such as the arts, self-care, education, leadership, and sisterhood. At the end of the academy we will have a completion ceremony and provide one financial scholarship.


  1. Provide academic support

  2. Build self-esteem and self- worth

  3. Increase exposure to fine arts

  4. Empower girls to enhance their leadership skills

  5. Provide opportunities for cultural exploration

  6. Connect youth to the community at large

  7. Participants will receive a 1/2 high school elective credit

Completion Ceremony:

  1. The BOLD Academy- Creed

  2. Vision board- digital presentation if possible of vision boards along with campers voices

  3. HERstory essay for scholarship

  4. Dance performance.