What is Black Girls Smile Inc.? BGS is a national nonprofit organization that promotes
positive mental health and educational activities geared toward young black females.
Why was BGS founded? In 2012, BGS Founder and Executive Director Lauren Carson made a commitment to help ensure that all young black females feel supported, enlightened, and empowered to lead mentally healthy lives. To learn more about Lauren’s story and personal mental health journey, click here.
How long has BGS been around? We were incorporated in 2012 and received our 501(c)(3) tax-deductible status in 2014.
Is BGS just for black girls? Absolutely not! Many of our programs, events, and initiatives are geared toward black girls, however mental health education and awareness are crucial to EVERYONE. We invite anyone without regard to age, race, or gender to participate in any and all of our events, programs, and initiatives because we truly want everyone to SMILE!
I am interested in volunteering! How can I get involved? We are always looking for dedicated and passionate individuals to help us further our work. Please visit our Volunteer page to learn about available volunteer opportunities and to fill out the Volunteer Form.
What type of volunteer opportunities does BGS have? BGS aims to create meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunities that can fit anyone's needs including virtual, in-person, on-time and continuous. During the COVID-19 pandemic many of our volunteer opportunities are virtual however we do have several IRL experiences for in-person programming that in which we follow all CDC guidelines and BGS specific protocols. If you are interest in getting more information about Volunteer experiences we encourage you to check out our Volunteer Page and contact our team HERE if you have any additional questions.
Does BGS have Corporate or Group Volunteer opportunities? Yes! We have various corporate volunteer experiences that can be offered both virtually and in-person for Corporate Partner and Groups. Please let our team know HERE if you are interested in Corporate Partnership Volunteerism or Group Volunteer experiences.
I am a provider/therapist. How do I get involved in BGS Therapy Assistance Program?
BGS is honored to partner with providers/therapists throughout N. America that serve and stand for the mental health and well-being of Black women and girls. To be added to BGS' Preferred Provider & Practice list we provide to our Therapy Assistance recipients and our community please complete the following forms: Preferred Provider and Preferred Practice
I am a provider/therapist. How do I get information on facilitating a workshop or program with BGS?
BGS team loves to partner with providers, community leaders, healers and so many more qualified and experience facilitators to offer diverse and relevant workshops and programming to our community. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or program with BGS please complete this form HERE
Are donations tax-deductible? Yes! We received our 501(c)(3) status in September 2014, allowing donations to be tax-deductible. If you would like to donate, click here.
Can I donate to a specific program? Yes! When you donate through our Donation platform you can select a specific program to donate to.
Can I donate in honor of some else? Yes! When you donate through our Donation platform you can select "Tribute" to donate in honor of another.
How are BGS donations used? All donations to BGS are used for programming and general operating expenses. You can review our latest 990 filing HERE.