Directors and Organizers trained by BOLD share the impact BOLD had in their lives and their work.
Coming into BOLD I was exhausted, isolated and falling out of love with the work. The violence of gentrification in DC had made me doubt everything I knew, everything I loved and I was not sure if Black space that felt safe and nurturing like that I had in my childhood was even a possibility or something I even wanted. I was disconnected from my family, depressed and not working to be better. BOLD allowed me the space to reconnect to myself and fall back in love with pieces of myself I thought were gone. I have always struggled with confidence, even in organizing work and BOLD allowed me to strip down the false bravado of always having to be on. I could move beyond always having an answer and be fed. For once in my life, the care for myself was the priority. I always struggled to feel home in my body and BOLD gave me the courage to explore those untold stories that lay in our bones. It has forever changed my life, changed my leadership and changed my capacity to love. BOLD has affirmed my gifts and given me a chance to give back all it gave to me.