TZONE was born in 1999 when Tyra, passionate about inspiring girls to believe in themselves and take control of their lives, launched the TZONE camps. The camps provided a "Tyra style" leadership and empowerment program which gave teen girls a unique, week-long overnight camp experience held outside of LA, where Tyra personally lived among and bonded with the campers. TZONE's mission was to reinforce positive values and encourage girls to resist social pressures through a fierce, self-esteem building adventure.
With a desire to reach more girls nationally, in 2005 TZONE transformed into a public charity, the Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation, with a mission that honors TZONE’s camp origins – and seeks to create a larger “sisterhood” among girls and young women.
The Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation has provided resources to a network of community nonprofits recognized for their impact on girls and young women; they share TZONE's mission to empower girls to take control of their lives and puruse their dreams. Whether through community activism, dance, filmmaking, leadership, sports, writing, or as young entrepreneurs – many girls are creating their best futures.
While TZONE is no longer a camp, it remains committed to its cause. In 2012, The Tyra Banks TZONE will open permanent residence at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for the Community. This leadership development center within the Girls Club will provide a rich mix of career development workshops, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, financial literacy initiatives and community-wide events, hundreds of preteens and teens will build self-esteem, achieve greatness in their lives, and prepare for life as entrepreneurs and change-makers in the world.
The Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation continues to honor what Tyra is fiercely passionate about – encouraging girls to be leaders, not followers; in control, not out of control; powerful, not powerless.
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