YBBW IS An all FEMALE ORGANIZATION, OPEN TO Any female student INTERESTED. This organization was created for THE PURPOSE OF UNIFICATION and values LEADERSHIP, Empowerment, Sisterhood AND scholarship. AS A GROUP, THE MAIN GOAL IS TO BRING SOCIAL AWARENESS TO THE COMMUNITY AND CULTURALLY ENHANCE THOSE IN OUR GENERATION HERE AT FERRIS STATE.
The first conference theme was discovering the true essence of black women through inspiration of class and virtue. These key aspects can be used as a foundation to strive to be successful and make a name for yourself through your own accomplishments. YBBW values being successful because as an African American Woman, we have to find a goal, make a plan and achieve it to feel as equal as the next woman in line. With the legacy of powerful women, some have set the bar high to make a positive impact on younger generations.
The second conference became a two-day affair, where the running theme "Queens by Nature" was indoctrinated. Its membership included all students, regardless of race and gender to ensure an open and diverse organization. The vision of You Beautiful Black Woman was brought to the campus of Grand Valley State University in the fall of 1993. Former student, Ms. Julie Reynolds, transferred from Ferris State University to Grand Valley State University to work on her Bachelors in Journalism. Through her guidance, determination, and drive to share her positive experiences of being a member of the Sisterhood, she founded the first charter chapter in 1994.