However she is putting her money where her mouth is, and you know how much I love that! Tyra Banks started a foundation to fund girls programming called TZONE and it recently awarded grants to three NYC girls programs/nonprofit organizations: Ifetayo Cultural Arts Facility, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
Ifetayo supports the creative, educational and vocational development of youth of African descent in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. TZONE’s grant will support The Sisters in Sisterhood Rites of Passage Program, which empowers girls with information to navigate their transition from adolescence into adulthood and develop strong leadership and communication skills.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club provides programming for girls and young women ages 8-23. The Girls Club will use TZONE’s grant for its ‘Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program’, which promotes active living, healthy eating and positive self-image.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project provides opportunities for young women to develop their self-esteem, confidence and positive self-image by teaching them to take care of themselves, each other and their communities as they take on leadership roles.
Tyra Banks is quoted in the press release:
“What these three organizations have in common is a commitment to fostering long-term, supportive female relationships through innovative programs that promote personal accountability, self-esteem, goal setting, healthy lifestyles and an appreciation for diversity. These are the defining criteria for organizations TZONE will fund, and they reflect what I’ve learned is necessary for a woman to be successful in life, in whatever career path she chooses."