OUR MISSION

Make-It-Click empowers black girls to thrive online and in life through mentoring, advocacy, and leadership.

OUR FOUNDER

Dr. Sarah Bingham is the Founder and Executive Director of Make-It-Click, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to empower black girls to thrive online and in life through mentoring, advocacy, and leadership. As a child, Dr. Bingham was bullied for her appearance and being a former foster youth. Like many girls who felt that they didn’t “fit in” anywhere, she turned to other outlets placing her on the pathway to dropout which brought her to the attention of her school counselor. Seeing her potential, her school counselor plugged Dr. B to various activities and outlets. It was through these activities that “clicked” for Dr. Bingham as she began to find her tribe and see a difference in her life and, most importantly, how she viewed herself.

Now in her adult years, she developed a dedicated heart for improving the lives of youth as a professional social worker with 10 years’ experience. She is the first generation in her family to receive her bachelor’s degree which led her to receive a Master’s in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University followed by her Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dr. Bingham is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., wife, and mother of 3 boys. With a clear path and undeniable purpose, Dr. Bingham is using her advanced knowledge and gifts to be the change-maker for other girls of color. Through mentoring, prevention, advocacy, and leadership programs, Dr. Bingham, along with her partners Jennifer Moody and Elizabeth Benton, are helping girls of color thrive online and in this unpredictable world.

OUR WHY

Make-It-Click is committed to catalyzing courage for young black girls who want to express themselves and embark on a path of purpose. Life presents many crossroads at any given moment, and it can be difficult to navigate the best possible solutions. As mothers, fathers, and teens, we often focus on many other tasks before focusing on our wellness and self-care, creating roadblocks to achieving what we really want in life. Our work at Make-It-Click is about expanding our capacity to guide individuals to be all they can be while still acknowledging the climb to get there. Our services are designed to uplift the black community while supplying various resources and mentorship that support, nurture and educate our girls. By sharing stories of culture, beauty, and other tokens from our people, we make an impact that empowers other families to do the same.

Living in such a complicated world filled with unhinged social constructs, we’ve all acquired a new sense of self at some point or another. For some, this was met through intention. For others, you may have been forced into a new journey that has cultivated various changes. Naturally, there is a curiosity in this new chapter, and it requires a level of assistance to help us channel the purpose that is deep inside us all. With Make-It-Click, we’ve created a psychologically safe space of encouragement for those in the process of understanding their personal path and how to express themselves best with a positive mindset. By cultivating a tribe built on experience, professionalism, and divine purpose, we want to continue supporting every young girl who’s facing a challenging shift in her life. This tribe quickly transforms into a true connection where problems can be solved, concerns can be professed, and goals can be achieved, all without the feeling of being misunderstood.

Government Systems. Youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are often referred to as crossover youth. Crossover youth are disproportionately low income, female, and youth of color that typically have high rates of truancy and school drop-out, unidentified special education issues, and family histories of mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and criminal behavior.

Research shows that abused and neglected youth are more likely to engage in delinquent behavior. Up to 30% of youth aged ten or older in the care of child welfare are subsequently arrested. It is estimated that up to 29% of children involved in the child welfare system also have cases in the juvenile justice system. Black girls in America make up 14% of the general population and 33% of youth detained; and 40% of girls of color in the juvenile system identify as LGBT.

Understanding and addressing these realities is why our program was created. Girls of color need access to culturally specific youth programs so that they will have a safe space to learn, develop, and be their own version of success in life.