Harlem Girls Cheer was one of two JAR Amplify Your Impact pilot year grant prize winners. The AYI grant supports emerging high-potential local nonprofits whose missions align with one of the three JAR program areas: youth and education, criminal justice, and neighborhoods. The grant program includes a one-time cash award and media connections and workshops with JAR partner companies.
Harlem Girls Cheer seeks to empower the next generation of female leaders using the platform of competitive cheer to enhance the lives of girls and young women in the communities of Harlem and the Bronx. The program addresses the need for girls to engage in physical activity in an environment that provides encouragement and nurture, but also demands hard work, leadership, and teamwork.
Harlem Girls Cheer, Inc. was launched on March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, by six Harlem-based professionals to put gender on the agenda in metro New York City. This is being achieved through a focus on the multidisciplinary development and empowerment of minority girls and young women ages 8-18. Since the organization’s inception, Harlem Girls Cheer has impacted the lives of more than 50 girls and young women primarily in Harlem and the Bronx. Harlem Girls Cheer aims to unlock the full potential and build a legion of active, confident and accomplished next generation women leaders.