2022 Grants Challenge

Queens Building Queens Community Workforce Initiative

Queens Building Queens (QBQ) program provides a space for like-minded women to connect with one another and gain inspiration, skills and establish long-term professional connections. The intimate space we have created enables women to feel comfortable expressing themselves and learning new skills. The intimacy of the space encourages Black women to be vulnerable in their efforts to eliminate economic barriers based on sex and race.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Income Inequality

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

City of Los Angeles

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

TRKBG’s Queens Building Queens mission is to promote social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families. Our goal is to provides training, individual business assistance, incentive savings program, job placement, financial literacy, entrepreneurism, and access to business and financial resources. Black women face several institutional barriers in their workplace, such as gender discrimination and unequal pay, in addition to racism. Experiencing different areas of discrimination all at once constitutes a unique experience for Black women in the workplace.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

TRKBG’s Queen Building Queens wants to build, develop, and implement a customized innovative education and job training program that prepares underrepresented Los Angeles County residents, particularly Black women starting the ages of 18 to 24 to enter the 21st Century workforce. The design of our proposed "Community Workforce Initiative’ (hereafter “CWI") implements a collaborative partnership between community-based partners, workforce systems, and employer partners to integrate innovative evidence-based career pathway-specific training that moves individuals to economic sufficiency by developing a meaningful career pathway. TRKBG’s Queen Building Queens “CWI” is designed around engaging, enrolling, and preparing adults for in-demand careers in Information Technology, Healthcare, Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Business. For the local economy to remain competitive, we must implement an outcome-driven model to address known disparities and inequity gaps in hard to serve vulnerable Columbus communities. The design of our model seeks to engage over 50 underrepresented and underserved residents ages 18 and older who live in hard to serve low-income neighborhoods across Los Angeles County over a 12-month period. TRKBG’s Queen Building Queens aims to make an immediate impact on the lives of the unrepresented and underserved residents in the Los Angeles County community.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

The Right Kind of Black Girl (“TRKBG) is a pathway to freedom from through unity, advancement, and living a life of wholeness. We are committed to building a world where women thrive, uplift their communities and each other as they journey to greatness. (Located in the heart of the Los Angeles community) that is solely committed to improving systemic racism that continues to affect underrepresented and underserved communities across Los Angeles County. The Right Kind of Black Girl (“TRKBG) will successfully engage the identified population creating workforce and education solutions that move individuals to economic self-sufficiency.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

TRKBG’s Queen Building Queens believes to achieve success in the workplace, coaching support is continued to address any shortcomings that require improvement in work ethics, also to anticipate potential problems and prevent the participant from being suspended, terminated, or abandoning their assignment within the first year. It is our goal to place participants with our employment partners first before extending our employment options. This will allow us to use best practices with our employer partners to support job coaching. We will ensure placement with our providers provide an opportunity for upward career mobility, wages that provide financial stability and medical coverage options.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 50

Indirect Impact: 0

Describe the specific role of the partner organization(s) in the project, program, or initiative.