NOiR believes that, given the current climate and history of not only our nation, but the entire world, the issue of racial inequality needs to be eliminated in order for our society to progress. This complex problem, however, requires significant attention and resources in order to make strides towards solutions. For this reason, NOiR will be donating all profits from our show to the Hip Hop Sisters Network, anon-profit foundation fighting to create opportunities for minority women and youth. More specifically, the profits will be going to the Hip Hop Sisters' Dillard University scholarship. This scholarship contributes a total $200,000 to 6 minority students' tuition to the HBCU.
Finally, NOiR's executive board is committing more service than ever before this year. The Executive Board has volunteered with Arts and Scraps Network in Detroit. NOiR also put on its first ever "Morning at Michigan" which brings 50 underrepresented minority students to Michigan to learn about various areas of academic interest like Engineering, Photography, Art, Dance, Theater, Entrepreneurship, Communications, Sports Entertainment, and more. The aim of the program is to create opportunities for our minority youth to have a genuine University of Michigan college experience through the eyes of students that look like them.
In our seventeenth year, we decided to donate to a program through IICD (Institute for International Cooperation and Development) of Michigan Clothes Collection called “Sew up the Safety Net.” This program helps disadvantaged mothers in Detroit gain resources and support during their pregnancy and beyond. Some of those resources include: clothing, food and education on infant care. This program was developed out of the dire need to reduce infant mortality. Detroit’s infant mortality rate is 14.4 per 1000 live births, which is much higher than the national rate of 6.1 per 1000 live births. We were able to donate $3,600 to Sew Up the Safety Net.
In 2015, we were able to give $3,000 to the Children’s Literacy Network of Ann Arbor, and we hope to continue to increase our donation amount, thus increasing the impact that we make on the community. We hope that you will join NOiR in our push to provide for the youth, because they are our future and we want to contribute to securing a bright future for them.
The ability to understand disparate cultures and connect with others is critical. Unfortunately, many do not possess these traits. There are approximately thirty-two million illiterate people in the United States, plus millions more throughout the world. As students at the University of Michigan, we were blessed with the capacity to read and learn at a high level, and this has helped us become more understanding, empathetic and knowledgeable citizens. As a mélange, NOiR wants to not only unite students by educating them about diverse cultures and ethnicities, but also to remind them that they, who are lucky enough to have received an excellent education, should do their best to aid those who are less fortunate.
Aligned with our theme of shamelessness, we raised funds to support the Alternatives For Girls mission to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. Alternatives for Girls offers numerous exemplary services and programs to girls and young women in the Detroit area. NOiR was able to donate $2,500. This donation allows the girl's in the program to go on a college tour as they were making decisions to pursue higher education!
In 2012-2013, NOiR sought to make an impact closer to home and raised $1,500 for Food Gatherers Washtenaw County, providing 4500 total meals for the greater Washtenaw community in need. This year, NOiR looks forward to continuing to build awareness and support for a charitable cause.
In 2011-2012, NOiR raised $1,500 for Autism Speaks research and spread autism awareness to a sold out audience of 500.