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Afrokaribe: Coach Training

VF Solutions' next step is building a Teacher Training program that breaks the mold of typical fitness training - for and by BlPOC women.

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Campaign Ends on December 16, 2022

Project Description

Cultivating inclusive wellness + fitness + community

Coach Val and her company VF Solutions doesn't just talk about it - she IS about it.

"I am who I serve. I am her."

WHO:

Val Fleurantin has a record of eight years of connecting and serving the North Minneapolis community and Twin Cities metro area through:

  • Commitment to fighting health inequity in the North Minneapolis community
  • Providing of programs for people of color that are fun, educational, and culturally relevant
  • Developing authentic community spaces and partnering with corporate organizations to advocate for diversity in workplace wellness.
  • Creating Afrokaribe, a dance cardio fitness class rooted in Afro-Caribbean dance and current music. 

During a successful tech career, hearing a KMOJ story on the health disparities faced by her peers and neighbors  in North Minneapolis changed her life. She changed her life to change her community. Eight years later, it's times to grow.  

WHAT:

Coach Val is ready to scale her company and impact by formalizing her curriculum and training the first cohort of instructors. In order to reach more people, grow more financial opportunities for the women she serves, and keep the heart of Afrokaribe on the Black and brown women it was created to connect with, VF Solutions is seeking funding from the communities she reaches, lives she's touched, and other wellness leaders and BIPOC entrepreneurs. 

  • VF Solutions' first cohort teacher training program will include:

    • a stipend paid to participants to cover their focused time on training/cover missed income to attend training 

    • a longer time period for training and shadow teaching to be able to more authentically fit into the lives and responsibilities of the cohort

    • detailed education about body mechanics, music tracking, dance rhythm, choreography concepts, entrepreneurship as a fitness and wellness professional, and a marketing plan, as well as certification in CPR and professional photos to use in their own promotional materials 

    • formalizing and certifying Afrokaribe nationally 

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WHY:

Fact Coach Val’s business model is inspired by the specific needs of Black and brown women in    urban centers: centering diversity in the wellness conversation, using cultural relevance into every aspect, and removing barriers from participation and opportunities.

Afrokaribe will only be grown authentically. This means the teacher training will be made up exclusively of Black and brown women in urban centers. The typical training models within the health and wellness industries include high-tuition rates to participate and extensive intensive hours for certifications - that model is not inclusive to our community or these women

 

Fact Only 5.7% of all fitness instructors and 9% of all Wellness professionals in America are Black. Meanwhile 80% of Black women are classified as overweight or obese in America and African Americans have the highest mortality rate for all cancers combined, compared with any other racial or ethnic group.

Our health is an inside job. It needs to be culturally-informed and speak to what our lives are actually like, from juggling multiple responsibilities and living in food deserts, to not having enough support and resources to even rest. Coach Val has been hustling and serving Minneapolis with her company VF Solutions for 8 years now, proving her staying power despite Black-owned business statistics (8 out of 10 Black-owned businesses fail in the first 18 months). 

 

Fact Black entrepreneurs are far less likely to secure business capital than their white counterparts, and when they do, that capital comes in much smaller amounts and with much higher interest rates.

Coach Val’s story of leaving corporate America when it didn’t fit with her realities of life as a mom and soul-connected woman is brave. Her commitment to actively fighting health disparities for her peers and elders has been consistent and trackable. She took a leap of faith on herself and it’s time for those who can help to bridge the resource gap for BIPOC entrepreneurs.  Help VF Solutions grow to scale with curriculum creation and teacher training so she can impact the health and wellness of more Black and brown women across the country. For the communities of people that don't get to live near Coach Val, give to today to give them a chance of being seen in their wellness. 

     

    Supporting BIPOC communities requires investing in BIPOC leaders. 

    • We lack the support and privilege to bring our work to scale.
    • We suffer from burnout because our work is fundamentally relational. Since no one can cover for our work, a week off for us, feels like a week off of protecting the progress of our community.
    • We all are up against gatekeepers of funding and opportunities,

    More importantly, I come across dozens of potential leaders daily and don't have the resources to lead them. 

    Coach Val and a mini me

    TAKE ACTION:

    • Calling everyone who believes in the power of communal gathering and health equity services TO DONATE NOW.
    • Calling everyone who wants to support a Black woman-owned enterprise grow to scale in a community-held, non-capitalist purporting frame TO DONATE NOW.
    • Calling everyone whose life has been positively affected by Coach Val, Afrokaribe, the communities she touches through her corporate wellness programs and beyond…TO DONATE NOW. 

    If you cannot donate today, please share the message of this campaign in your circles and communities so that others may support the movement of VF Solutions throughout Minneapolis. 

    "It is in our blood to dance together, to sweat together, to hold each other. My programs are multi-generational, family-oriented and donation-based. Everyone is truly welcome as is. That is why it’s time to grow."

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GIFT AND YOUR SUPPORT. 

    Connecting with diva

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    Becky Grangaard
    11/30/2022
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    11/15/2022
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    Monetary Contribution

    Because I will not quit today and neither should you

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    Social Media Shout-Out

    Thank you for supporting the crowdfunding campaign! To express my sincere gratitude, I will list your name as a contributor on Instagram and Facebook.

    *Shoutouts will be done on a weekly basis. Be sure to include your Instagram handle if you purchase this reward so that I can tag you.

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    50.00 USD
    Custom Coach Val Playlist

    $50

    Reward: Custom yoga playlist

    Receive a curated playlist to breathe, stretch and get your groove on. Choose from one of the following:

    1) Afrokaribe Jams: You won't be able to stay seated while listening, trust. 

    2) Soulscape Yoga & meditation: Calm your heart and mind as you flow through some breath work and stretch. 

    *Playlists will be delivered January 2023.

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    100.00 USD
    Custom Afrokaribe tank top

    Get the exclusive I Will Not Quit Today tank that Val's divas love to wear. 

     

    *Sizes vary 

    *DM your size preference please 

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    200.00 USD
    Afrokaribe crop hoodie

    Get the new merchandise that everyone's been asking about: the Afrokaribe crop hoodie! 

    *Include your size preference with your donation 

    *Hoodies will get to you in early 2023

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    500.00 USD
    Virtual Group Coaching with Coach Val

    Consider this the ultimate group "brain picking" experience where you can ask Coach Val anything related to wellness, teaching, entrepreneurship, etc.

    The intention of this service is to help a myriad of people:

    • Are you a wellness professional needing some guidance on how to build your own brand or launch your business?
    • A budding entrepreneur wanting to learn more about PR, marketing and social media so that you can grow your businesses' visibility and awareness?
    • Are you worried about the health of your loved ones in the big picture? 

    In this one-time, 60-minute session, you'll be able to gain a sense of clarity to help you move forward along your journey.

    *The group call will take place January 2023. Can't join the live call? Replay will be available!

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    1,000.00 USD
    Private group Afrokaribe class

    Coach Val will come to you for a one-time private Afrokaribe class, 60 minutes long. 

    *group must have at least 8 people 

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    5,000.00 USD
    Premium Founding Teacher Cohort Member

    When you purchase this reward, you officially become a VF Solutions insider.

    You'll get:

    • A first look at the teacher training materials with an exclusive invite to the private soft launch of the first cohort (refreshments + beverages will be served)
    • Invitations to new teacher's first solo classes (includes all classes)
    • Virtual wellness coaching call with Coach Val
    • Custom Afrokaribe playlist 
    • Social media shoutout
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    10,000.00 USD
    Founding Pillar Teacher Training Program
    • A first look at the teacher training cohort program with an exclusive invite to the private soft launch of the first cohort (refreshments + beverages will be served)
    • Special invitations to a year of VF Solutions events (includes all classes and special workshops)
    • Entered into a raffle with other Elite members for a chance to win a private wellness and celebration event 
    • Virtual wellness coaching call
    • Custom Coach Val playlists 
    • Social media shoutout
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    Monetary Contribution

    Because I will not quit today and neither should you

    98 Left
    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    25.00 USD
    Social Media Shout-Out

    Thank you for supporting the crowdfunding campaign! To express my sincere gratitude, I will list your name as a contributor on Instagram and Facebook.

    *Shoutouts will be done on a weekly basis. Be sure to include your Instagram handle if you purchase this reward so that I can tag you.

    50 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    50.00 USD
    Custom Coach Val Playlist

    $50

    Reward: Custom yoga playlist

    Receive a curated playlist to breathe, stretch and get your groove on. Choose from one of the following:

    1) Afrokaribe Jams: You won't be able to stay seated while listening, trust. 

    2) Soulscape Yoga & meditation: Calm your heart and mind as you flow through some breath work and stretch. 

    *Playlists will be delivered January 2023.

    50 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    100.00 USD
    Custom Afrokaribe tank top

    Get the exclusive I Will Not Quit Today tank that Val's divas love to wear. 

     

    *Sizes vary 

    *DM your size preference please 

    20 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    200.00 USD
    Afrokaribe crop hoodie

    Get the new merchandise that everyone's been asking about: the Afrokaribe crop hoodie! 

    *Include your size preference with your donation 

    *Hoodies will get to you in early 2023

    50 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    500.00 USD
    Virtual Group Coaching with Coach Val

    Consider this the ultimate group "brain picking" experience where you can ask Coach Val anything related to wellness, teaching, entrepreneurship, etc.

    The intention of this service is to help a myriad of people:

    • Are you a wellness professional needing some guidance on how to build your own brand or launch your business?
    • A budding entrepreneur wanting to learn more about PR, marketing and social media so that you can grow your businesses' visibility and awareness?
    • Are you worried about the health of your loved ones in the big picture? 

    In this one-time, 60-minute session, you'll be able to gain a sense of clarity to help you move forward along your journey.

    *The group call will take place January 2023. Can't join the live call? Replay will be available!

    5 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    1,000.00 USD
    Private group Afrokaribe class

    Coach Val will come to you for a one-time private Afrokaribe class, 60 minutes long. 

    *group must have at least 8 people 

    5 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    5,000.00 USD
    Premium Founding Teacher Cohort Member

    When you purchase this reward, you officially become a VF Solutions insider.

    You'll get:

    • A first look at the teacher training materials with an exclusive invite to the private soft launch of the first cohort (refreshments + beverages will be served)
    • Invitations to new teacher's first solo classes (includes all classes)
    • Virtual wellness coaching call with Coach Val
    • Custom Afrokaribe playlist 
    • Social media shoutout
    10 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    10,000.00 USD
    Founding Pillar Teacher Training Program
    • A first look at the teacher training cohort program with an exclusive invite to the private soft launch of the first cohort (refreshments + beverages will be served)
    • Special invitations to a year of VF Solutions events (includes all classes and special workshops)
    • Entered into a raffle with other Elite members for a chance to win a private wellness and celebration event 
    • Virtual wellness coaching call
    • Custom Coach Val playlists 
    • Social media shoutout
    3 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward