Our Mission


The Black is Gold Organization is a peer mentoring group for African-American teenage girls in the Chicagoland area. Our purpose is to help develop young African American women through a multitude of outlets, which include, community outreach, building sisterhood, hosting educational girl talks and workshops that help prepare young women for the workforce, college readiness, & empower young women. Throughout the city of Chicago and nationally, there are several mentoring groups and programs that are created for teenage girls, but not many are founded and executed by teenagers. In addition, many peer mentoring groups do not exist at the high school level.  

Girl Boss 101 Workshops

We provide our members (9th-11th grade) with college and career readiness workshops, titled ‘Girl Boss 101’. A series of workshops that help prepare young women for the workforce, educating them on different career paths. In addition, we help them develop networking and professional skills that will assist them in the workforce and college.

Be Your Own Boss Program

The Entrepreneurship program is designed specifically for 9th-11th graders. This program allows students to create their own business. Applying the career & college readiness skills learned in the ‘Girl Boss 101’ workshops. 'Be Your Own Boss', serves to sculpt young women into young entrepreneurs and business professionals by learning what it takes to develop, establish, and create a business. At the end of the year, each student participates in a pitch contest presenting their business plan to a panel of established entrepreneurs. 

Career & College Readiness Program

Our career and college readiness program is specifically geared towards high school seniors to assist them with the college process. While also helping prepare students for every aspect of college, academically, socially, and financially.