We Empower, Enlighten and Encourage women to be change agents.
We are a platform for girls and women to be agents of change.
Ambassadors of Change (AOC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to give young minority women a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as an ambassador of change and to encourage, empower and enlighten, communities, states and nations. Our purpose is to be a rising voice in the community and to make a difference, by providing educational forums and events that focus on health disparities, poverty, violence and major issues plaguing communities in our nation and around the world.
Making a difference. Taking a stand. Changing the world.
The Call Me Miss Ambassador Year Long Mentor Program & Conference is an inspiring and empowering school year program where girls and young women, ages 14-19, meet on a month basis for 9 months to spark world-changing conversations and learn life and soft skills. At the end of the mentoring program these 150-200 young women across the nation come together for a day of inspiration and life-changing dialogues. The event features guest speakers, panel discussions and workshops. Topics include: STEM education, health and wellness, financial literacy and leadership development. Attendees leave energized and empowered to become agents of change in their communities and to advocate for causes they are passionate about.
The Ambassador of Change Awards honors remarkable women changing their communities and making a difference in the lives of others. During this event we are also honor 4 young women and they receive scholarships for their commitment to the areas of Health and Wellness, Community Involvement, Leadership and Women’s
MBIA Ambassadors Program A curriculum based program that selects young women of color to be Change Agents in their communities and empowers them to give 365 days of support and resources to communities in need. It’s a platform for today’s savvy, smart and aware, young women of color to express their viewpoints, extraordinary talents and accomplishments to the national public, while offering scholarships opportunities to further education.
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Who We Are
Role models to young minority women, and to women around the world.
Celebrate. Inspire. Empower.
We honor achievement to inspire women to find their power.
Reflecting our focus of being agents of change in the community, AOC recognizes national community leaders and organizations that have made a significant contribution in the areas of health and wellness, leadership, community involvement, and women empowerment. Past honorees at our annual Awards Luncheon include: civil rights icon Xernona Clayton; celebrity physician Dr. Jaqueline Walters; award-winning author and actress Roshonda Tate Billingsley; Girltrek and its founder Vanessa Garrison; and HGTV personality Egypt Sherrod, just to name a few.
Why is AOC so vital?
A message from our Executive Director, Patrice Harrison
Young women today face more pressures and challenges than ever. Recent studies about "Minority Women" reveals concerning data:
More than 20% of young minority girls are Obese and have little access to information on healthy food choices or education on making healthy choices.
56% of girls as young as 13 have been sexually harassed and Black Young women have the highest cases of sexual abuse and assault those goes unreported.
African American women and Latinas account for 80% of reported female HIV/AIDS diagnoses, even though they represent only 25% of the U.S. female population
Young Minority Women want to be debt free or learn to manage money, but don't know where to start.
Young black women are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population, and don’t get the help needed due to fear.
Finally Young minority women say that the top three biggest barriers to taking on
leadership roles and changing their communities are being laughed at, speaking in frontof others, and shyness.
Each of these figures are troubling on their own, but is it even more concerning to know that 75% of young women who struggle with low self-esteem in this manner engage in harmful behaviors like drugs, drinking, bullying, disordered eating and have suicidal thoughts. Thankfully, we know what can make the difference.