Founded in 2005 as a Non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization, Diamond in the RAW Foundation serves as a deterrent to gang violence, date rape, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy and abuse that often lead to destructive cycles in at-risk communities. We accomplish our mission through our HIP/N/SMART, Job Development, Sista2sista mentorship, Concepts in a BOX Leadership & Film Boot Camp, and our Financial Fitness Programs.
Within our programs we use creativity and the arts to inspire positive change and encourage those who are in doubt to find their own self worth and believe in unlimited possibilities. Additionally, we host a variety of fundraisers to support our mission, such as the Diamond in the RAW Celebrity & Stuntwomen’s Awards Luncheon.
The Diamond in the RAW is a 501 C3 organization devoted to empowering and transforming the lives of foster care and at-risk teen girls between the ages of 12-18 through the arts & S.T.E.A.M. education.
• The Diamond in the RAW organization encourages teen girls to dream big and pursue extraordinary S.T.E.A.M. professions, executive level and entertainment related careers.
• The organization specializes in job development, S.T.E.A.M. Education and introduces business basics for the next generation of CEO, Executives and Entertainment Professionals.
• The organization works with foster care, at risk and low income teen girls who are in need of guidance and role models for success.
• The organization has an array of programs such as Concepts in a BOX Leadership and Film Boot Camp, HIP/N/SMART, Make Money & Millions & Sista2sista series that builds confidence, personal responsibility, communication skills and violence prevention.
•The organization works with inner city and charter schools students throughout the year.
We accomplish our mission through our Sista2Sista shadowing program and the HIP/N/SMART mentorship programs and by collaborating with several organizations such as the Circle of Charites, McGrath & Abrams Foundation, National Organization of Black Directors, National Sales Network –NSN LA, Black, Coach Art, City Lites, Make a Film Foundation, GAP Alternative Prevention Program, Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Women in Film PSA Program. The foundation also grants scholarships to various at risk teens.
Additionally, we celebrate the achievements of these unrecognized heroes and our Diamonds in the RAW by honoring them at our annual Awards Luncheon. After the events, we follow-up with our teens via letters throughout the year to monitor their accomplishments and assign mentors as needed.