‘The Non Profit Guardian’ uplifts many underprivileged girls


l-r: Lane Marks – The Nonprofit Guardian; Thyneice Taylor-Bowden, PhD – Postdoctoral Research @ TSU; Montanez Wade – Engineering Professor @ TSU; Virginia Tickels – NASA Engineer; Shantell Hinton – Engineer @ Global Process Automation; Amelia Woodard – QC Chemist @ Vijon; Briana Moore – The Nonprofit Guardian; Kadia Edwards – The Standard; not pictured – Gicola Lane – The Standard and Monchiere Holmes-Jones – MOJO Marketing/The Nonprofit Guardian

‘The Nonprofit Guardian’ and the women of The Standard joined together recently to offer over 150 underprivileged young girls the opportunity to experience the historic movie, Hidden Figures. Regal Theaters on Thompson Lane played host to a full house of excited and eager underprivileged area girls—no better population to reach and inspire, because some of the girls were from foster homes and other places. The evening was a very positive, moving and memorable experience for all in attendance.

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American directed by and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. The film stars as Katherine G. Johnson, the African American mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.

The actual movie is a must see gem, an honest depiction of the African American women who made a staunch contribution to the NASA Space Program. According to the film, if these women engineers, scientists and mathematicians had not been as involved, astronaut John Glenn and other astronauts wouldn’t have made it into space.

The Nonprofit Guardian was established as a result of sponsoring over 100 girls to see Hidden Figures. The Nonprofit Guardian’s goal is to support many small community organizations, churches, and schools throughout Nashville and the surrounding areas that provide quality programming and services to minorities, especially African Americans.

Ashley Nealy, a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) professional in Atlanta, Ga. and a fellow member of Urban League Young Professionals extended a challenge to sponsor 100 girls to see the movie, and I accepted that challenge for Nashville. Monchiere Holmes-Jones and Briana Moore believed in the vision of the event and came on board to assist and support in planning and promoting as needed. We also partnered with The Standard to outreach to those groups that provide services to underprivileged girls to participate in the viewing.

“We desired to give the girls a fun movie viewing experience that also included an ‘insider’s perspective’ into several STEM fields. For this reason, we secured giveaways from the Marshall Space Flight Center as well as secured local professionals for a panel.

These women, Thyneice Bowden, Shantell Hinton, Montanez Wade, and Amelia Woodard were invited to speak to the girls and provide them words of wisdom and encouragement with a special guests speaker (Virginia Tickles) who currently works at NASA. The speakers were our real life Hidden Figures and a glimpse into what the girl’s future would look like,” said Lane Marks.

The Nonprofit Guardian was founded to support the Nashville philanthropic community with fundraising and friend raising efforts. More information about the organization is in the works and coming soon. To check out the programs and historic realm of NASA, visit the official website at www.nasa.gov