Immersion Lab

Thrive instead of merely survive

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Much like the Girl Ambassador program, the Immersion Lab offers solutions to the digital divide and career skills gaps Black girls face. Breaking the cycle of poverty takes more than just teaching a girl to code. Without professional growth opportunities, a support network, or certifications to show skills and aptitude, many girls find themselves simply trying to survive working in jobs with no real trajectory. This vicious cycle is what many girls in our community face.

Our Immersion Lab aims to disrupt that cycle by being proactive and equipping young women with the tools and resources they need to thrive instead of merely survive by discovering skills and career paths they didn’t know possible and/or becoming entrepreneurs.

The Immersion Lab offers two avenues for Black girls in high school and early college to gain skills, certifications, and access to a network of professionals. 

For girls looking to sharpen their skills and explore career avenues and opportunities:

Join a community of aspiring young Black women on our learning platform for connections, inspiration, training, masterclasses, and live Q & A’s with successful professionals in multiple fields. This monthly membership allows members to take classes at their own pace, based on their interests. 

 

For entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs:

The Budding Black Girl Incubator offers an immersive experience as you work to startup and grow your retail business. Members will learn from industry experts and work in a group of peer co-founders to build successful business and solve business challenges in viable ways. Get support from this vetted entrepreneur community of peers for insights on growing your business, and overcoming challenges during your most critical times.

Applications are closing soon! Learn more about this exciting program to help kick start your business.

Members will enjoy these exclusive benefits:

These benefits can also help you expand your horizons to new heights. Being able to meet new people and grow your business, while participating in an effective learning environment. 

  • Entrepreneurial education and training 
  • Continuing education scholarships
  • One on one advisor sessions
  • Community connections
  • Discounted certifications
  • Support services 
  • Exposure for your business on Girls For A Change’s network 
  • Podcast, media, and social media interview opportunities 
  • Exclusive event invitations
  • Travel and retail discounts

 

Being a member of the Immersion Lab is affordable and accessible

  • Membership is $25/month
  • Pop-in classes are $15/session (for non-members)
  • FREE for Girl Ambassador Participants

STEPS TO JOIN  

  • Member Dues: Member fees are $25 per month. Funds from this membership support the Immersion Lab Budding Black Girl Incubator.

Apply Today!  Space is limited !

  • Attend an information session 
  • Fill out the application form
  • Application Review: Once received, your application will be reviewed to ensure all criteria is met.
  • Upon receipt of your application,  we will schedule an interview with you to further explore your interest in the program
  • Once your application is accepted, you will gain access to our learning management system, Learning Lab workshops, training, and other member benefits
  • Orientation and training: Within 30 days of membership, you will partake in an Immersion Lab orientation from a member of Girls For A Change staff. You will also go through Immersion Lab training to be placed in a community of supportive mentors and influencers.

Immersion Lab Benefits 

  • Membership badge
  • Membership certificate
  • Membership card (discounts with local & national businesses)
  • Access to local and national  in person and virtual events
  • Discounts and free tickets  on paid events
  • Recommendation & referral services
  • Local, private social media group
  • Networking opportunities with other Immersion Lab members and supporters 
  • Members only professional and social events
  • Access to special guests, government/elected officials, and community leaders
  • Listed as a business on Girls For A Change website ( guidelines apply )
  • Access to  mentors, resources, services, information and programs
  • Access to various business related programming throughout the year
  • Free  training and development 
  • Special vendor business discounts at expo/conference

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