Black Girls Smile Inc. was founded in 2012 by Lauren Carson based on the gaps she found throughout her mental health journey as a young African American female with clinical depression. Lauren envisioned a society that through the normalization and dialogue surrounding mental wellness, all individuals, including young African American females would be provided the education, support and resources necessary to lead a positively mentally healthy life. Black Girls Smile Inc. was born!
Vision: Our vision is of a society that focuses on ensuring all young African American females receive the resources and support necessary to lead mentally healthy lives.
To empower young African American women to take ownership of their mental
health and stability.
To advocate on the behalf of young African American females.
To enhance young African American women’s sense of self and promote positive
and healthy decision making.
To improve the life chances of young African American females at risk of and
experiencing difficulties with mental and emotional health.
Create a sense of community for young African American females to combat the
stigmas associated with mental health within the black community.
To provide information, support, and resources to families of at-risk and
suffering African American females to assist in fostering healthy, supportive
and loving family relationships.