The future belongs to she who creates it.
A new project designed with Black, Brown, Indigenous and API girl identified folks at the center, Shelectricity is an empowerment ecosystem that brings together technology, culture, and community to create safe and nurturing online and in-person environments for girl and genderqueer folks to learn, grow, innovate, and lead. SheLectricity youth engage in Creativity, Personal Development, Storytelling, Entrepreneurship, and Network Building.
Our Youth Leadership Council program (YLC) is in its second cycle since inception in May 2020 and has served up to 52 girl identified folks to date. The YLC is using a curriculum from the National Young Women’s Advisory Council. Rooted in Black Feminism, the curriculum covers concepts such as storytelling/narrative development, power/privilege/oppression, gender and the gender spectrum and leadership development. The YLC has three “chapters” from our hub cities located in Los Angeles, the SF Bay Area, and Memphis Tennessee.
Shelectricity has developed an online community platform. A safe and unique community space currently being tested, developed and informed by Shelectricity’s Youth Leadership Council. The platform is designed to amplify Black, Brown, API and Indigenous girl/femme/genderqueer voices by connecting youth across time and space and offering a place for storytelling to engage in shifting the narrative.
With initial "seed" funding from NOVO Foundation Shelectricity launched the Youth Leadership Council and designed the Shelectricity community platform. We are fortunate to have been joined by additional Funding Partners including The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, The Roberta Flack Foundation, The Michael Stars Foundation, The Ms. Foundation for Women, Grantmakers For Girls of Color, The Emergent Fund, The Urgent Action Fund and the Womens Foundation of Greater Mempis through their Young Women's Initiative/Young Women's Advisory Council work .
SheLectricity is the brainchild of Anasa Troutman.
Best known for her work as the long time manager, producer and thought partner to Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, India.Arie, Anasa is a cultural strategist, producer, and entrepreneur focused on the importance of culture and the power of love. As CEO of her company, Culture Shift Creative, Anasa works to build and execute culture based social impact strategies for artists, brands and causes. Named one of the 50 Black Women Founders To Watch by Essence Magazine, Anasa was invited twice to the White House by the Obama administration to advise on cultural policy.
With a background in non-profit fund development Boh works to support the Shelectricity team in grant writing and strategic planning.
Lora is an experienced Chief Strategy Officer and Producer working in the civic & social organization fields.