Changemakers

PBM “Class of 2018” from Oakland and Marin City

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“THIS is the definition of a genuine sisterhood. Not only was I able to laugh and dance with these girls, I was able to be vulnerable around them, and feel comfortable with myself. They taught me to love myself and be proud of my culture.”

Emani, PBM 2018


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“Help those who don’t have power and show them that they, too, are Powerful Beyond Measure. Continue to grow because you have such a bright future ahead. Whatever it is you want or need, go out and snatch that very thing by the hand and claim it!”

Mikyla, PBM 2018

 
 

PBM "Class of 2016"

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Meet Jackie, Malaika and Darby, three of our 2016 PBM leaders...

 
 
 

More testimonials from our 2016 PBM Graduates...

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"To my fellow graduates: Daraja has done its best, now it is time for us to shine. It is time for us to meet our goals which are within our reach. The world is out there waiting for us and I know we are all powerful beyond measure."

Alice, Daraja Student, PBM 2016 Facilitator


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"The greatest change I’ve seen in myself since being at Daraja has been valuing my voice in a way I never did before. The girls at Daraja helped me believe that what I had to say was important and that the world was actually better off hearing the words I had to say. I think we’re taught as women that we should constantly be questioning what we say, what we do, how we look. But at Daraja, the girls lived with more confidence than I’d ever seen. Taking that home and channeling that confidence in my everyday life had completely changed the way I act and see myself in the world."

Darby, Yale University Student, PBM Intern 2016


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"I never felt beautiful unless I had makeup on. At Daraja, my sisters told me how beautiful I was everyday—even though I wasn’t wearing any makeup! It made me feel happy about myself and more confident about who I am—who I REALLY am. Now I understand what beauty means. Learning about and valuing me was a powerful lesson I learned with PBM. When I returned home, I started a club at my school called Beauty—Inside and Out! so that others can learn about themselves, too."

Jackie, Tamalpais High School Sophomore, PBM Alumna 2016

 
 

Preparing future leaders to find their voice