The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women and girls of color at local and national levels. Our organization’s main focuses are on Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment. We work to offer workshops, trainings, and seminars to provide education, leadership, and guidance regarding concerns affecting women and girls of color.
Health is a vital component of a thriving community. The Coalition of 100 Black Women is concerned about the well-being of the whole community and the whole person: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our primary focuses will be advocacy in the areas of Family & Childhood Obesity, Cancer/Health Disparities, and Metabolic Disease.
The Coalition of 100 Black Women delivers support services that help youth achieve their educational goals. By supporting positive experiences, fostering a positive self-perception and self-respect, encouraging excellence in education and promoting the pursuit of positive lifelong goals,
NCBW is creating future leaders.
The Coalition of 100 Black Women’s economic programs focus on financial literacy, family wealth building, and entrepreneurship. NCBW’s empowerment programs include comprehensive workshops and seminars that promote economic self-sufficiency. Sister-Nomic$ is the new NCBW philosophical
mindset our path to economic empowerment.
• Childhood and Family Obesity Initiative
• NCBW Cancer Health Disparities Program
• NCBW Metabolic Syndrome Initiative
• Prevention/Decrease Mortality
• Improve Health Outcomes
• Eliminate Disparities
• Improved Outcomes and Graduation Rates
• Vocational/College Preparation
• S.T.E.M. Education
The Coalition of 100 Black Women’s economic programs focus on financial literacy, family wealth building, and entrepreneurship. NCBW’s empowerment programs include comprehensive workshops and seminars that promote economic self-sufficiency. Sister-Nomic$ is the new NCBW philosophical mindset our path to economic empowerment.
• Our Path to Economic Empowerment
• A philosophical mindset to consider ourselves FIRST in all economic decisions.
• Pay Equity
• African American Woman-Owned Business Growth
• Livable Wage Employment Opportunities
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The core focuses of the NCBW Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter (RMAC) are domestic violence, mental health, and anti-poverty. We offer forums, seminars, and workshops, and invite guest speakers to provide leadership and guidance regarding issues affecting women and girls of color around the metropolitan area. The RMAC also recognizes and celebrates the great achievements made by women of color in our community.
All RMAC members have an opportunity to actively participate in the local agenda platform by conveying ideas from personal or professional experiences, and community assessments, as well as local and national research.
The RMAC’s charge is to take an active role in advocating on behalf of women of color who are victimized by their intimate partners in the name of love. Each year, more than 10 million people experience domestic violence in the United States. Approximately 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate
partner physical violence, sexual violence, and/or partner stalking with injury, PTSD, or contraction of a sexually transmitted disease. Approximately one to five million women suffer nonfatal domestic violence from an intimate partner. About 12% of youth in grades 7 through 12 have experienced physical dating violence. Factors that complicate domestic violence include financial dependency on the abuser, jealousy, disrespect, distrust, disdain, history, and familiarity with the perpetrator.
Some signs that you may be a victim of domestic abuse include:
- You feel scared of how your partner may behave.
- You constantly making excuses to other people for your partner’s behaviors.
- You believe you can help your partner change if only you changed something about yourself.
- You try not to do anything that would provoke a conflict or make your partner angry.
- You always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want.
- You stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your might do if you break up.
- You are constantly trying to cover black eyes and bruises.
- You don’t feel safe or secure in the relationship.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, call 911 or 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
The NCBW Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter’s goal is to aggressively develop an awareness campaign concerning the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental health issues. African Americans account for roughly 16% of the mental health needs in this country while only making up 13.4% of the national population.
“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness and there should be no distinction.”
– Michelle Obama –
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. 1 in 6 U.S. youth (aged 6 to 17) experience a mental
health disorder each year.
- 1 out of 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
- 1,115,000 adults in Virginia have a mental health condition. That’s more than 4 times the population of Richmond.
- In February 2021, 36.9% of adults in Virginia reported symptoms of anxiety or depression.
- More than half of the people in Virginia with a mental health condition did not receive any treatment in the past year.
- Schizophrenia usually develops early in life and costs the US economy an estimated $155.7 billion a year.
- 1 in 4 people with serious mental illness have been arrested, leading to over 2 million people with mental illness being booked into jails every year.
- 1,943,480 people in Virginia live in areas with a shortage of mental health professionals.
- Mental illness and depression are the #1 leading causes of disability in the world.
- 1 American dies by suicide every 11 minutes.
Our objective is to be a driving force in the fight against poverty within the African-American community. The RMAC specifically targets women of color who live in poverty and the children within those households.
The official poverty rate in Richmond VA is 10.5 percent, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 estimates. That year, an estimated
34.0 million Americans lived in poverty according to the official measure, 4.2 million fewer people than in 2018. According to the
supplemental poverty measure, the poverty rate was 11.7 percent.
Virginia has maintained a poverty rate between 10% and 11% since 2010. The commonwealth was tied with North Dakota for the 12th-
lowest poverty rate in the country in 2018. According to the Census Bureau, poverty rates in 14 states and Puerto Rico declined from 2017 to 2018.
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
– Frederick Douglass –