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a nonprofit for black youth

The future of our girls is in our hands, TODAY.

We are a nonprofit for black youth.

Girl Stance is founded on the idea that mindfulness can enrich lives. Our mission is to provide a safe environment for long-term recovery. We concentrate our efforts on improving black communities’ mental and emotional health through pyschosocial training. 

To create a community for black girls that is rooted in mindfulness, mental health, and social grace to create a more harmonious society.

A generation of interconnected black girls who intentionally work to actualize their highest potential to steward and distribute societal and economic harmony through refined behavior.

  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Honesty
  • Resiliency
  • Kindness
  • Empathy
  • Boundaries
  • Body, mind, and spirit
  • Generosity
  • Healthy mental health as a core component to a successful life
  • Community (the betterment of community)
  • Advocacy/Self-advocacy for brown girls

STANCE / NOUN

1. A mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something.
1a. Your stance on a particular matter is your attitude to it.
2a. Your stance is the way that you are standing.

Girl Stance’s unique programming has served over 10,000 youth in the greater Chattanooga area.

Now, we aim to reach more globally online.

Girl Stance is an online program for girls aged 13 to 24, who aim to improve social awareness and emotional tolerance. Through our programs we aim to remove the association of shame and disgrace from mental health challenges, improve mindful living, and restore social grace. In addition to diversifying social conduct and etiquette training, our programs educate participants on tools to overcome many unique mental health challenges confronting black girls. 

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meet the founder

Roe Anderson

Roe’s first experience, unknowingly, with mental illness was at the age of eight. She witnessed her grandmother, who was in great physical health, being carried off to a psychiatric hospital without the proper care or resources and later passing away due to the progressive complications mental illnesses cause.

This moved Roe to study pre-pharm, alternative medicine, brain health, and many other modalities to get a greater understanding of the mind and body.  With a deep dedication to and building her community, Roe has been recognized in several publications and organizations for her work within the Chattanooga community.

Roe's impact expands beyond the vulnerable communities she serves, but her focus remains on bridging the gap in economic resources for the youth and arts through serving on several board organizations.

In 2019, Roe founded Girl Stance to serve as the first all-girls retreat-style educational camp and mindfulness program for vulnerable girls in Chattanooga, TN. 

Today, Girl Stance has evolved to reach beyond state limits and reach worldwide.

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Disclaimer

It is not our attempt to leave out other demographics, whether by race, gender or age. We are simply amplifying the urgency to put time and energy into our Black girls, highlighting their unique struggles and asking what we, as individuals and as part of larger organizations, can do to improve their lives as well as the community at large.

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