Dear BRAVE Humans,
BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. will soon complete our third year of operation. During this time we have experienced great success in bringing our mission to life. As a team, we contributed to an increase in awareness and inspired action around topics of human rights, social justice, and feminism through the vehicles of education, mentoring, leadership development and direct service. Through a variety of programs, projects and initiatives we have partnered with over 25 schools and communities and worked with over 1,000 students. Some outstanding projects include our Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic, our college internship program, and the two BRAVE conference events we hosted. It has been an honor and privilege to share this BRAVE journey with all of you.
Today, the BRAVE Board of Directors are very happy to share some important and very exciting news regarding the next chapter of BRAVE’s story. In order to continue expanding and improving, the BRAVE Board of Directors have decided to restructure the BRAVE organization. Therefore, BRAVE Girls Leadership Inc. will dissolve our 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization. This summer, we will reorganize as an LLC called The BRAVE Institute for Education and Social Justice.
We are certain that this organizational change is a positive and vital next step. The BRAVE Institute LLC will maintain the BRAVE mission; to inspire and challenge humans to be brave and self-empowered contributors to a better world. However, we will engage several profound, and truly awesome amendments to how we bring our mission to life. This transition will serve as an opportunity to build on and add to what we already do and allow us to focus on diversifying and improving our strongest BRAVE programs, including the college internship program, the BRAVE annual conference, service learning trips, as well as BRAVE leadership training and workshops. We will work to enhance the sustainability of our impact as well as to broaden our network of partnerships and participants to include even more BRAVE humans in our local and global communities.
The reorganization of BRAVE Girls Leadership to The BRAVE Institute will facilitate a new vision for BRAVE. Our current K-12 mentoring programs rely heavily on our college interns. Our organizational change will temporarily eliminate our current college internship program and ultimately our ability to sustain direct support for individual schools. Therefore, we will no longer be able to provide weekly personnel support to any K-12 partner school. This decision was one of the hardest our organization has been faced to make. BRAVE started in a high school and came to life through students experiences in after school programs. BRAVE would not be what it is today without the students and teachers of our K-12 mentoring programs. Our time working with the students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities of each BRAVE school have been incredibly rewarding and truly special. Each partner school has had a unique and valuable role within the BRAVE family, contributing to our development and success over time. Thank you for an amazing three years.
If your school or community is interested in establishing a partnership with The BRAVE Institute, please connect with Meaghan Davis as soon as possible to discuss some very important legal protocols and guidelines. One very immediate example of a new protocol is the use of the organization's name, logo and content. Because the name, logo and content of “BRAVE Girls Leadership” are the intellectual property of Meaghan Davis, it is important that we no longer use them after Friday May 11th, without written permission from Meaghan Davis.
It remains our ultimate goal to continue to bring the BRAVE mission to life. We will be in touch with more information about the future of The BRAVE Institute at the end of the 2018 summer season. If anyone has questions about our upcoming changes, please contact Meaghan Davis.
On behalf of the entire BRAVE team, we are so grateful to all of you for your contributions and support. We are so proud of all that we have been able to accomplish, with your help, and we look forward to all of the new and wonderful opportunities and obstacles ahead of us. Please remember, BRAVE is not a place, person or thing; it is something that exists inside each of us; inside our hearts, minds and souls. Above all else, continue to live BRAVE each and every day and take BRAVE with you wherever you may go. At our best and bravest, we can and will contribute even more peace and love to make our world better. Stay awesome, everyone!
Peace and love,