Friday, May 18, 2007

Tyra Banks funds NYC girls orgs

I haven't followed America's Next Top Model, as the whole modeling thing doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I did watch the clip of the Tyra Banks show on You Tube , when she responded to the photos of her on vacation that made her look "fat" and was impressed that she showed in one quick turn of her body how she can look super thin in one angle, and then closer to the rest of us in another. She broke out in tears and said it had taken her years to build her self esteem. I admit to be being moved, but also confused. I'm just not clear on how the same person can give that speech and then run a reality show on modeling.

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."

T Zone