Positive Steps

Our signature program: “Positive Steps” is a mentoring program developed to support and nurture leadership in young girls, ages 12 to 17. Our members are committed to investing in the education of future leaders and providing young women with the opportunity to recognize their full potential through the introduction of educational, developmental and cultural programs. We host monthly sessions during the school year that include topics like financial literacy, STEAM, etiquette, healthy living, leadership development, public speaking and cultural awareness.

Positive Steppers take an active role in a variety of NCBW events and are recognized for their engagement during the annual Madam C.J. Walker Luncheon and Empowerment Forum. They also receive graduation awards and access to college scholarships from the Coalition through their participation.

Our vision is to see young women STEP into a POSITIVE future, one STEP at a time!

Applications for the Positive Steps Program are accepted between July and September. If you have any questions in the meantime, you may send an email to

Scholarship Program

NCBW is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of African-American women and girls and the Black community in general.  The Oakland/Bay Area Chapter accomplishes its mission through education, programs for girls and women, scholarships and community grants.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland/Bay Area Chapter (OBAC) offers scholarships to women students in the Bay Area schools who are bound for a four-year university, JC -community college or trade school.

The program also accepts applications from undergraduate and graduate students who have attended high school in the Bay Area.  The Chapter also offers scholarships from working women attending a college, university, or other post-secondary institution of higher learning.  Priority will be women seeking their first degree.

We are still accepting applications for the Main Street Launch/NCBW OBAC Entrepreneurship Scholars Program. A completed application package must be received by August 15, 2020.  If you have questions about the application, you may send an email to

Main Street Launch 2020 Scholarship Application