While Alicia Keys, Dionne Warwick, Kerry Washington and other fabulous women were honored at BET’s 3rd annual Black Girls Rock!, the ceremony also presented four women with the “Making a Difference” Award, an honor given to girls lending a hand in their communities. The honorees were chosen by public vote out of ten finalists: Alize Beal and Tiffany Bender of Y.U.N.G. Harlem (Youth Under New Guidance), Yasmine Arrington of ScholarCHIPS and Glennita Williams of America’s Guardian Angels received their awards from celebs that are also making a difference in the world.
Y.U.N.G. Harlem is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2008 by Beal and Bender. It strives to build a positive plateau for the inner city youth neighborhoods in Harlem and the Bronx through arts, education, health and entrepreneurship programs. Arrington founded ScholarCHIPS which is based in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area and provides support and scholarships for students with incarcerated parents throughout their college application process. America’s Guardian Angels was founded in 2009 by Williams and supports deployed soldiers with care packages filled with healthy snacks, books and care items.
Congratulations to all of the recipients of the M.A.D. Girls Award!