Meet Azaria, an Influential Brown Girl dedicated to providing inner city youth girls with the opportunity to explore STEM!
Azaria is 14 years old and currently in 9th grade. At 11 years old, Azaria formed her own organization, Z.inc. Z.inc provides inner city youth girls with the opportunity to explore STEM, it encourages self-love, and stresses the importance of education and community service. Azaria explains that she founded this organization based on the need to provide young girls an equitable learning experience across all income levels. She understands that her organization is important because many Title 1 schools in her area do not provide the same STEM opportunities that non-Title 1 schools offer. Because of this, many African American girls are not able to explore STEM. Many of the girls that participate in Z.inc are poverty stricken and lack self-confidence. Azaria strongly believes that building her girls up is super important because there was a time she lacked confidence and never wants anyone else to experience the self-hatred she once had.
When Azaria saw how expensive running an organization can be, she searched for ways to create revenue. Shortly after, she became the owner of PrettyGirlTeez. PrettyGirlTeez, is a business that caters to empowering all woman and girls. She sells everything from holiday ornaments to t-shirt’s to personalized mugs and cups.
Azaria is a hardworking honor student in a prestigious high school medical program and finds time to volunteer, cheer for her high school cheer squad, and participates in a variety of other clubs.
Since she was the 6 years old, Azaria has dreamed of attending one of her top choice HBCUs – Spelman College, Hampton University, or Howard University. Her plans are to study medicine and become a pediatrician. In ten years she sees herself in medical school while also thriving as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Azaira believes that being beautiful is “when you sparkle so much on the inside that others have no choice but to see you shine from the outside“. She is inspired by her three Best Friends, her Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt Nikki. She values that they’re there for her, encourages her daily, and pushes her whenever she needs to move past her comfort zone.
Azaria shared a thought that embodies the purpose of our Influential Brown Girl feature on our blog. She stated, “My generation is preparing to take and turn over the nation. There are so many of us that are making so many changes within our community. I’m often prouder of them than I am of myself.“ Not only is this statement true – it is deeply humbling. It is humbling because as Azaria works tirelessly on her goals in and around school, academically and socially, she still values the work and the efforts of others- modestly putting their contributions ahead of hers. Azaria – you too have many, many reasons to be proud! I honestly read this quote and tears came to my eyes because I have received so many submissions for the Influential Brown Girl Feature. I am in awe, inspired and overwhelmed with pride because of the many, many #beautifulbrowngirls that are doing selfless, courageous, dynamic things in their communities and influencing our world for the better.
Azaria is an Influential Brown Girl doing amazing things. We are super proud and deeply inspired by her courage and dedication to making a difference. We look forward to hearing more from Azaria in the future. Be sure to check her out on instagram @z.inc_girlz @prettygirlteez.
I had an idea several weeks back while scrolling through Instagram. I saw so many young and influential girls making big moves – socially and professionally. Initially, when thinking about how I wanted to celebrate Black History Month, I decided that I would try to feature as many influential brown girls as possible throughout the month of February. I put out a call for submissions and the response was overwhelming! There are so many #beautifulbrowngirls that deserve and need to be featured. What will seeing themselves being celebrated on a public platform do for their self-esteem? Their purpose? Sense of of self, pride, motivation and desire to excel? Instead of just featuring Influential Brown Girls during the month of February, I’ve decided to keep this as an ongoing feature on my blog and will feature, at minimum, 1-3 Influential Brown Girls a month. If you would like to be considered for a feature, complete this questionnaire and submit your image via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put the name of the beautiful brown girl you are requesting to be featured as the subject line.
-Dear Beautiful Brown Girl