Every quarter, Blow partner's with a new non profit with a mission based in supporting women! A portion of the profits from every candle sold goes directly to the organization in order to support and enrich the programs and resources they provide for women!
Please meet, The R.O.S.E. Project!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Nina Rose Bailey, Founder of the R.O.S.E. project for the past few years and have always been impressed by her commitment to inspiring, teaching and lifting up young women. I've seen her in action, working with these ladies, being a leader, mentor and even mother figure at times. I couldn't wait to take a moment to learn more about her organization and how the R.O.S.E. Project came to be. Check out more about this amazing non-profit organization and how you can help below!
What is The Rose Project?-
The R.O.S.E. project is a non-profit geared towards working with school-age Black and Hispanic girls assisting them in development and personal growth through our four principles: (R)esponsibility, (O)riginality, (S)upport, and (E)xploration. We provide a safe space for young girls to express themselves without judgment, be a support to one another, and develop healthy socio-emotional learning to grow healthy relationships with themselves, friends and family, and their community.
How did you get started?
I started The R.O.S.E. Project from years of working in children and family services and recognizing that these systems were not set up for success when it came to Black and Hispanic girls. All the systems were based around giving consequences for so-called "bad" behavior. There were major gaps in therapists that looked like them, healthy examples of communication and affection, and building of self-esteem. This was disturbing to watch on a daily basis. I also had my own personal challenges, with trauma, self-destruction, and guilt. It took a long time for me to work through my personal pain and lack of accountability. It is a goal to provide them the tools I had to learn on my own, and hopefully, decrease some unnecessary growing pains.
How does the Rose project support women? What type of programs/events do you organize?
The R.O.S.E. Project supports other women by collaboration on community projects, also having these women come as facilitators, and marketing their services/products through our newsletter and virtual online series. We facilitate group sessions at schools and community events and have our own events that include knowledge and a good time. We also organize community service projects for the girls to participate in.
How have you had to adjust during quarantine?
Because we cannot be in person, we had virtual check-ins each week with a small group until they left for college. Currently, we have a weekly series named "Notes to a Black Girl" where we interview different Black women to bridge the gap of communication between Black Women and Black Girls. We also are working on a holiday fundraiser for Teen Moms.
What are your plans/goals for the Rose project in the coming year?
For the coming year, The R.O.S.E. Project is looking to resume in-person facilitation through schools, and a yearly event to follow-up our Back-to-School event we held in 2018 named "The Glow Up". This event provided school supplies, conversations around self-esteem, social media, feminine care, and skin and hair care. We also were able to have raffles and a DJ!
How will the donated funds impact the Rose project?
The R.O.S.E. Project is still a baby, so funding would assist operations, marketing, and the ability to provide supplies our girls need in our sessions. We believe that our girls should not have to pay for services.
Community asks- what are resources you need that we can highlight to the community? Professionals to come and speak, donated items, workshop facilitations, facility donations, etc.?
We need opportunities in schools (5th-high school) for facilitation and/or opportunities with organizations. We also need donations for our teen moms that we will be gifting for this holiday season (we will be assisting 5 teen moms and 1 organization that works with teen moms). We also are looking for professionals that may want to donate time to assist us in the areas of social media and structural organization.
What do you want people to know about the Rose project?
The R.O.S.E. Project was built from a passion for the emotional and mental well-being of young girls. We have done the best we can with what we have, and with the more help that we are able to gain, the more we are able to serve our community and the girls that will benefit from this.
Any final thoughts?
2020 has been a blessing in a SERIOUS disguise. We are a small beginning non-profit, but we are constantly thinking of the bigger picture staying on this journey because our purpose will always be to reach as many girls as possible no matter how long it takes.
How can the community get involved with The Rose Project?
You can text "Rosebuds" to 42828 to keep up with our newsletter and stay updated on what we are doing, along with any announcements for volunteer opportunities.
Check out more at: https://www.iamtheroseproject.org/support-us !