Youth

Welcome to Brown Skin Women Youth Programs

Brown Skin Women (BSW) Youth Programs launched with the initiation of the network in 2013.  The network was designed to offer Natural Hair, Beauty & Wellness programs and events to offer youth and adults the opportunity to improve their quality of life.  

RiseUP, a 501c3 organization, was founded in 2012 by a group of young professionals who realized that there is a lack of support given to youth in urban communities. RiseUP provides young adults from urban communities the tools and guidance they need to reach their potential and become the future business and community leaders of tomorrow.  

BSW’s partnership with RiseUP developed after recognizing an opportunity to build a TEAM (together everyone achieves more).  More than just a scholarship and mentorship program, we aim success in the program to translate to the success and betterment of the community.


OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD AS WE PREPARE FOR UPCOMING YEAR. 


Past Youth Summits, Youth Retreats & links to photos

April 1, 2017 | Youth Summit: You Are Magic Potluck! | Offered in collaboration with: Wellness & Journaling w/Carmen Veal, Taste & Learn: Exotic Fruit & Protein Smoothies w/Jan Forbes of Be Healthy and Get The Job and Keep It  w/Ruth Ann Hebert, Consultant, Coach & Speaker.

February 25, 2017 | Youth Summit: It Starts With You! | Offered in collaboration with: Self Love & Happiness w/Carmen Veal, Taste & Learn: Fresh Fruit & Protein Smoothies w/Jan Forbes of Be Healthy and Power of YOUth w/Ruth Ann Hebert, Consultant, Coach & Speaker.

January 23, 2017 | Official celebration of Brown Skin Women & RiseUP’s 2017 partnership at the 3rd annual Cocktails for Change Gala on Friday, January 20, 2017 6-9pm | ​Learn more here

June 10-12, 2016 | Held at a beautiful Lake House in New Milford, CT. Offered in collaboration with: The Cultivated Self Owner & Certified Health Coach Samantha Forbes and volunteer Yoga Instructor Maja.

Sat. December 12, 2015 | Everything I Am Youth Summit offered in collaboration with: Self Love with BSW Founder Carmen Veal, Debunking food labels (Health) with The Cultivated Self Owner & Certified Health Coach Samantha Forbes, and Yoga & Meditation (Wellness) with Inner Diplomat Owner Kate Hayden. 

2nd annual youth weekend retreat.  June 5-7, 2015
| Held at a beautiful Lake House in New Milford, CT. Offered in collaboration with: The Cultivated Self Owner & Certified Health Coach Samantha Forbes and Yoga & Meditation (Wellness) with Inner Diplomat Owner Kate Hayden. 

Sat. December 13, 2014 | Everything I Am Youth Summit. Location sponsored by Law Office of Corey Brinson. Offered in collaboration with: The Cultivated Self Owner & Certified Health Coach Samantha Forbes and Yoga & Meditation (Wellness) with Inner Diplomat Owner Kate Hayden. 

Fri. June 6-8, 2014 | View recap on our blog here. Download post release here. Held at a beautiful Lake House in New Milford, CT. Offered in collaboration with The Cultivated Self Owner & Certified Health Coach Samantha Forbes and Yoga & Meditation (Wellness) with Inner Diplomat Owner Kate Hayden. 

Sat. March 29, 2014 | View recap on our blog here. Held in the Youth Room at Hartford Public Library. Sponsored by Brighter Within & Carmen Veal. Gift bags sponsored by local Mary Kay rep. Marcelle Witten.

Sat. Nov. 23, 2013 | View recap on our blog here. Sponsored by Brighter Within & Carmen Veal Events. Held in the Youth Room at Hartford Public Library.

Sat. Sept. 28, 2013 | View recap on our blog here.Sponsored by Brighter Within & Carmen Veal Events. Held in the Youth Room at Hartford Public Library.