Black Female Leadership Institute (BFLDI)

The Black Female Leadership Development Institute is a program that brings African American young women in grades 9 through 12 or ages 13 to 17, together to participate in an institute, increasing their educational and leadership opportunities. Students will improve practical skills such as networking, communication and leadership in order to have an impact on local, national and global communities. BFLDI is a multi-faceted program that encapsulates dynamic workshops, and student discussion groups. The students will be offered a wide-range of already existing Urban League programs including STEAM-related content in our Tech U suite and financial empowerment.

Due to COVID-19, BFLDI will be virtual for the 2020-2021 program year. Click here to Apply for this year’s cohort.


Student must be ages 13 to 17 years old and enrolled in high school. The Program is FREE due to the generous support of donors.


  • Emotional Stability
  • College/Career Readiness
  • Personal Brand Marketing & Social Media Etiquette
  • Communication
  • Health & Wellness
  • Identity Development
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Global Awareness
  • Professional Development & Networking


Dress code is casual. Some virtual sessions will require business or more formal attire, which will be communicated, as necessary. Please see the dress code policy for further details (which will be received during orientation).


The start of the 2020-2021 program for students will begin in August 2020 with the virtual summer summit. Virtual sessions will follow in September with bi-weekly Wednesday sessions and monthly Saturday Leadership Institutes workshops.

Saturday Leadership Institute workshops will be facilitated by professional women in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region who will expose participants to multiple facets of leadership, financial empowerment, STEM/STEAM related careers and topics, communication, and problem-solving. Students will participate in nationally recognized leadership programs. All participants will become members of the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and will form their own troop. Students will work towards badge completion through the Girl Scout curriculum.

Computer access and internet capability are required.
Please contact the Program Manager if you have any concerns. The program will use Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Both programs are free.

 The program will end May 2021 with a virtual graduation.  Take a peek at the 2019-2020 Virtual Graduation. 



The process to sign up for BFLDI is to submit your application as soon as possible. If a follow-up interview is necessary, you will be contacted concerning a date and time. All interviews will be conducted virtually. Students will be notified of the admission decision.

Applications are accepted until the cohort is filled. | Forty-five spots are available.



For more information, call Rishala L. Broughton 412.227.4215 or email