With Girls United, ESSENCE has launched an impactful initiative to inspire young Black girls to become the women they desire to be. Founders Sophia Dennis and Rachel Dennis took to the Center Stage for the first time to speak about why this initiative is so important.

“When we talk about ESSENCE, we have this notion that it’s for the moms and aunts,” Sophia said. “So we thought it was fitting for us to come and create a new space for your daughters, nieces, and granddaughters to build a community online.”

Financial, political, and health literacy are key life skills that, unfortunately, aren’t often taught in schools. Girls United is ensuring that those conversations are being had with our young women, and further implemented with mentorship.

“We found that not many people of our age demographic know how to write a check or get their business license,” Sophia said. “Girls United is a solution-based content platform here to provide young girls a solution to these problems. How we do it is through content, networking, and building relationships to enrich girls with knowledge they’ve never had before.”

So, how can we all join in and help this amazing cause? Chip in by donating to ESSENCE Girls United (taking place July 4-7). Every donation made on the essence.civicore.com website will be amplified this weekend by through national and local partners, and the greater community of participating organizations.