Our mission is to empower and change the financial outlook of women. It is our goal to bring financial awareness to enrich the African American community by educating to invest.
Founded in February 2016 and organized as a 501(c) 3 in October 2016, BGDI serves approximately 10,050 members, including students in the Gary, In. and Chicagoland area with assistance of 13 volunteer experts.
BROWN GIRLS DO INVE$T (BGDI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to educate African American girls and women to invest in stocks, bonds, real estate and multiple lines of income. African Americans save 12 times less than Whites for retirement. BGDI’s mission is to empower and change the financial outlook of girls and women. It is our goal to bring financial awareness to enrich the community and remind African American girls and women to invest towards wealth. BGDI also develops money management skills and positive behavior in academically motivated and underserved middle/high school children and working class women to improve opportunities to build diverse financial portfolio that includes stocks, real estate and multiple lines of income.
BGDI offers year-round, community-based programs: After-School Academy, Weekend Academy and Summer Academy. We offer the following: Stack Your Stocks educational meetings, which informs and inspires girls and women how to invest in the stock market and much more; Literacy Program, which provides financial literacy books to students ages 12-18 years to prepare for life to overcome financial obstacles; Millionaire Mentor Program, which teams you with a professional to offer females the tools and habits to become millionaires before retirement age.
BROWN GIRLS DO INVE$T
Founder: Bahiyah Shabazz, MBA
Areas of expertise:
Personal Finance Expert, Business Owner