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Terri E. Barnes founded The Nia Project Kansas City in 2020. The organization works to support projects that enable Black women and girls to build confidence and increase their opportunities for success. Black Women Get Fit (BWGF) is the signature program. Participants meet with experts in a variety of fields. In addition to physical fitness classes, there is instruction in topics that include stress reduction, goal-setting, relationship building, finances, and more. Businesses owned by Black women are involved in the progress, giving them exposure in the community. The Nia Project Kansas City is involved with other groups, such as the National Congress of Black Women-Kansas City Chapter, Sisters In Christ, I Matter Experience, Uzazi Village, and the Village Kansas City. This year, the organization will be working with I AM 4: Thirteens. “We are living in incredibly fantastic times, in an incredible world with limitless potential,” noted Terri E. Barnes, founder, adding, “however, too many of us are trailing behind with respect to full employment, housing, education, and having and experiencing a certain level of agency.” The Nia Project Kansas City seeks to change that. Volunteers are needed to assist with events, administrative support, social media, and curriculum development, among other aspects.   

Yaminah Muhammad, Esoke Cultural Arts Center; was flanked by participants at a Black Women Get Fit – Six Week Challenge event.


Sylvya Stevenson, president of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.-Kansas City Chapter; with Terri E. Barnes, founder 

Featured in the March 18, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Learn more at TheNiaProjectKC.org.


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