At The Nautie Network we believe that the secret to achieving our dreams does not begin and end with where we came from, our past or current circumstances, or our position in society. However, the true secret to the road to success is paved by the knowledge, experience, and support that we gain throughout our journey. This is why we feel so passionately about the concept of “Each One Teach One.” Each one teach one simply means reaching back and supporting others by sharing some of the knowledge and experiences that you have been so fortunate to obtain. Below is a list of several organizations that we support, and commend for their vision and commitment to establishing platforms that allow us to “pay it forward” in an effort to make a difference.

Saving Our Daughters


Why We Love Them: Saving Our Daughters values integrity, inner purpose, service, experiential learning, professionalism, and empowerment. They are striving to educate and encourage teens and young adults to embrace these qualities to further ignite their inner purpose individually, or by leading a group within their home, school, or community. 

Mission: Saving Our Daughters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from bullying, date abuse, hate crimes, school violence, violence against women, and other esteem slayers.

How You Can Help:

  • They offer books, scholarships, and action plans for schools, faith groups, community organizations, and coalitions to apply turnkey initiatives.
  • Purchase one of the books from the “Saving Our Daughters” book series which uses poetry, open letters, and respected and admired celebrity figures to touch on such topics as bullying, self-esteem, eating disorders, and other vital issues plaguing our youth today.
  •  Make a donation through their website.



Why We Love Them: Girls With Gifts inspires to inspire! They have a passion for educating and inspiring young women to reach for their highest potential through art, education, and entertainment.

Mission:  Girls With Gifts inspires and empowers young girls to recognize and develop their talents or gifts at an early age and to encourage them to use their gifts to contribute to society. They focus on providing resources and mentorship to girls from inner-city or low-income homes who have an interest in the arts and entertainment.

How You Can Help:

  • They just partnered with the Foundation for Second Chances to create the “Reach Back, Pull Forward” Summer mentorship program that will launch Summer of 2013 in Los Angeles. The four-week program will serve girls (ages 13-17) and focuses on GWG’s three fundamental principles: Growing, Giving and Gifting.
  • If you’re in the area, join Girls With Gifts as a Mentor or Volunteer! Their team is comprised of women who strive to help young girls discover and unwrap their gifts and share them with the world.


Why We Love Them: BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is dedicated to building the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves.

Mission: Black Girls Rock! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Since 2006, They have enjoyed the opportunity to enrich the lives of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service.

How You Can Help:

  • Volunteers are vital members of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! team. Please visit their site for further information on how you can lend your services to this wonderful organization.
  • Visit their site to make a donation. Black Girls Rock Inc relies on the generosity of individuals like you to sustain their innovative arts and mentoring programs. No donation is too small or too large.

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Why We Love Them: She’s the First connects girls around the world in an effort to raise awareness about access to education and to help those in developing countries become the first in their family to graduate.

Mission: She’s the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world, helping them be the first in their families to graduate. In the process, She’s the First fosters leadership and self-awareness in young Americans, by inspiring them to lead creative fundraisers and correspond with sponsored students. Their efforts shape a rising generation of well-educated global leaders, future philanthropists, and cross-cultural communicators.

How You Can Help:

  • Sponsor a girl! Help send a girl of the developing world to school.
  • Buy a She’s the First bracelet created by Asha Patel Designers or the handmade magenta and teal special edition cupcake necklace for $20, donating 75% of your purchase to She’s the First.
  • Fundraise! She’s the First offers creative, fun, and easy ways to raise money for girls in need.”


Why We Love Them: In 1998, with only a computer and $30, 23-year-old Rachel Lloyd, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation established GEMS at her kitchen table. Today, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services is the nation’s largest organization supporting girls and young women ages 12-24, that have been victimized by commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS supports the beauty and worth found in all women by spreading the message “Girls are not for sale.”

Mission: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

How You Can Help:

  • Host a screening of VERY YOUNG GIRLS, an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. Rachel Lloyd, the Founder and Executive Director of GEMS co-produced this important documentary.
  • Donate through their website!
  •  Text GEMS to 85944 and donate $10!  Once you receive a reply text, don’t forget to reply “YES” to confirm your donation!


Why We Love Them: Step Up Women’s Network supports the next generation of girls by connecting them with dynamic power players and industry “game changers” who have been there and done it all.

Mission: Step Up Women’s Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential by:

  • creating and implementing impactful after-school and weekend programs that empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready
  • propelling professional women through connections, collaborations, and continuous development
  • inspiring our network to invest in the future success of girls through mentorship and financial support

How You Can Help:

  • Visit and join the network as an Insider, Icon, Visionary or Luminary Circle and take action.
  • Like Step Up on Facebook to help grow & support the organization’s digital community


Why We Love Them: Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network is committed to supporting, promoting and defending the balanced, positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society.

Mission: WEEN is comprised of individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life of women worldwide. Representing the entertainment industry, WEEN has taken a leadership role in the balanced portrayal of women and partners with like-minded organizations and individuals to provide educational programs targeting women.  

  • WEEN grants scholarships each year to deserving college students and young women entrepreneurs.
  • WEEN also provides mentorship match-making and programs year round with the following focus: Health Education, Financial Literacy, Career Development, and Personal Advancement.

How You Can Help:

  • Become a WEEN member at no cost and support a program in a city near you!
  • Purchase a “WEEN the Alarm” bracelet through their website. The bracelet is an empowerment fashion statement that stands for the state of urgency to support and defend the positive portrayal of women in society and in media. 100% of proceeds go towards maintaining WEEN programming and tours.
  • Visit their website to make a donation or to contact them for volunteer and internship opportunities.

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Why We Love Them: The Women’s Venture Fund starts women entrepreneurs on the right track to build their confidence and grow their dream.

Mission: The Women’s Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities. WVF offers training, small business loans, and a network of business advisors to help women reach their business goals. By troubleshooting specific challenges and encouraging women to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs, WVF is able to expedite the growth of businesses participating in their programs.

How You Can Help:

  • Volunteer your time and expertise to support the WVF program
  • Support the WVF organization by attending our Highest Leaf Awards (June 14th, 2012)
  • Donate, your support allows WVF to offer small business loans, business workshops and counseling services for women who are struggling to start or grow their businesses

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Why We Love Them: 100 URBAN ENTREPRENEURS (100UE) offers start-up funding, mentorship programs, and community support to young, underprivileged urban entrepreneurs. They invest at the beginning of businesses’ life cycle, when they’re unlikely to attract the attention of angel investors or venture capitalists.

Mission: 100 URBAN ENTREPRENEURS (100UE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping provide a meaningful, long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages. They do so by offering $10,000 startup grants and eight weeks of intensive business mentoring to entrepreneurs all across the United States.



How You Can Help:

  • Become a mentor! 100 URBAN ENTREPRENEURS would love to showcase your professional expertise, by allowing ambitious young businesspeople tap into your knowledge.
  • Visit the site to make a donation. Your contribution will help them provide start-up grants, as well as intensive one-on-one mentoring and business education, to talented urban entrepreneurs nationwide.