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To Embrace, Explore, and Empower

Curls on the Block is an enrichment program for girls of all curls and colors to embrace, explore and empower their natural selves while working to increase engagement, investment, and commitment to careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

As a non profit, Curls on the Block uses a curriculum that has ten consecutive sessions where participants explore activities, careers and mentorship in STEAM. The enduring questions girls are challenged with every session is how they can address the needs of the curly hair community with STEAM?

In the community, Curls on the Block offers short sessions malleable for specific purposes from engaging hands on activities to workshops increasing self-esteem.

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Meet Our Founder

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Analise Harris
President MA in Education

Analise is a high school special education teacher. Hailing from Waukegan, Illinois, after obtaining a degree in Sociology and Communications at Creighton University, she moved to Denver in 2011 as a founding corps member of City Year Denver. Inspired by the year of service and evaluating her life goals, Analise pursued an alternative teaching license from Metropolitan State University and obtained her Master’s in Education with a certification in Special Education.

During her work as an educator, Analise realized that girls of color were often receiving extreme punishments, experiencing lower self esteem and essentially not having good self care starting as early as elementary school. More ought than not, those issues were linked to their hair, not taking off a hoodie or bandana, being teased for a bad hair day and asking for basic supplies such as hair ties or hair gel.

In order to address the glaring issues, Analise started offering safe spaces for girls to explore beauty and hair care needs, eventually creating the standards based curriculum.

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Meet Our Facilitators


Junior Facilitators

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Tevonie Adams

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Trinity Birch

Our Board

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Hadiya Evans

LPA @ Denver Public Library
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Yolanda Dandridge

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Paula Brown

GJD Coaching
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Jozette Martinez

Educator at Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design

Sponsors and Collaborations

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