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Black People Will Swim, an Organization on the Rise, Making a Difference
Paulana Lamonier has made a home around the pool. Now she is doing the same for others. Lamonier started an organization called Black People Will Swim, with an aim at breaking down stereotypes. It started with a lesson for 30 people in New York.
CNBC Make It
Making $1,000 A Month Teaching My Community To Swim | On The Side
Paulana Lamonier, 31, is teaching Black Americans to swim. According to a 2021 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black Americans are 1.5 times as likely to die from drowning as white Americans.
How This Woman Is Turning The Tide On The Long-Held Stereotype That Black People Don’t Swim
The New York native founded Black People Will Swim, a Long Island-based organization that aims to fight against racist tropes that most African-Americans don’t swim.
Coach Paulana Lamonier Wants More Black People to Learn to Swim
The Long Island, N.Y., swim instructor began her program Black People Will Swim in 2019, and this summer has enrolled 80 participants for six-week summer classes.
Paulana Lamonier Is Smashing the Stereotype That Black People Don’t Swim
Fed up with the racial disparities in swimming participation, the Black People Will Swim founder set out to improve the statistics.
The New York Times
N.Y.C. Pools Open Amid a Swim Lesson Shortage, Raising Safety Fears
The city has canceled free swim lessons and private swim programs are feeling the squeeze from a lack of lifeguards. One expert said: “Some of those kids are going to drown.”
How Black Swimmers Are Reclaiming the Water This Summer
The desire to swim didn’t change my address or income, and it certainly did nothing for the hours it tacked onto my wash days. But I’m finally returning to the pool.
If Paulana Lamonier Has Her Way, Black People Will Swim This Summer
“I can’t swim.” It’s a phrase that so many of us — myself included — have sheepishly used for years, oftentimes with no plans to remedy that reality.
These 2 Businesses Are Finding Success by Smashing Stereotypes
Lamonier founded her company, Black People Will Swim, to not only teach members of the community to feel comfortable in the water but also address the racism that’s preventing so many people from learning that skill.
For Black Communities, Learning To Swim Can Be Anything but Simple
Reversing the traumatic effects of discrimination that kept Black families out of pools for generations isn't easy, but Black People Will Swim is stepping up.
This Family Is Teaching 2000+ Black People How to Swim
Despite the many barriers that still persist, Paulana Lamonier founded Black People Will Swim (BPWS) to teach this life-saving skill in a safe, supportive environment.
BPWS’s mission is simple: smashing the stereotype that Black people don’t swim
One Long Island woman is making it her mission to teach African American people how to swim in hopes of smashing the stereotype that Black people cannot swim.
Five camps for adventure lover
Black people have traditionally been overlooked. From fishing to skiing to swimming, these programs are all about having a good time while learning a new skill.
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Creating a movement that contextualizes Black stereotypes around swimming.
Paulana Lamonier has one goal: putting an end to the stereotype that Black people can’t swim.
It Took a Swim Coach to Dismantle One Very Dangerous Racial Stereotype
The grand-prize winner of Ally’s Daring to Disrupt contest invited Black people to overcome historical barriers and join her in the pool—and the response has been overwhelming.
Entrepreneur Is Helping Black People Conquer Their Fears About Swimming
For Paulana Lamonier, swimming is an act of liberation. However, she understands that for many Black people being in the water can be intimidating.
Black Swimmers Overcome Racism and Fear, Reclaiming a Tradition
Black children today drown in swimming pools at a rate far higher than that of white children, studies have shown. Now new programs are working to overcome barriers...
Long Island business owner hopes to save Black lives via swimming lessons
Young Black adults and children are on average nearly three times more likely than whites to drown, but a Uniondale swim instructor has spent August helping change that statistic.
This company is trying to end a prevalent racial disparity
For the past year, Paulana Lamonier has built up a business to provide low-cost swimming education for Black children and adults.
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Black People Will Swim is 'smashing' racist stereotypes with swim lessons
Lamonier had been working as a swimming instructor for nine years in New York before she decided to launch her own company, Black People Will Swim (BPWS).
Where Are They Now?
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Last year, Pine-Sol and ESSENCE awarded $250,000 to 10 Black women entrepreneurs through the Build Your Legacy Contest! Now we’re back for year two, and had to check in with our 2020 grand prize winners.
Complex’s B.O.S.S. Mentorship Program Lets Minority Entrepreneurs Shine
Being an entrepreneur is hard enough, but when you’re a member of a minority group, the challenges of launching and maintaining a successful business are even greater.
Black People Will Swim’s Founder Paulana Lamonier Is Making Waves
64 percent of African American children have low or no swimming ability.It’s a statistic that Paulana Lamonier, CEO and founder of Black People Will Swim, is striving to change.
Long Island woman's mission to teach 2,020 people to swim in 2020
Marysol Castro spoke with swim coach and founder of Black People Will Swim, Paulana Lamonier, about her mission and why it means so much to her.
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Diving into Entrepreneurship with Paulana Lamonier, Founder of BPWS
Paulana is a multimedia journalist and founder of Black People Will Swim ~ a company on a mission to smash the stereotype that Black people don’t swim.
This Founder is On a Mission to Teach 2,020 Black People How to Swim
We’ve all heard the saying “Black people don’t swim” before, but it’s worth noting that statement is far from the truth. For years, the well-known stereotype has perpetuated the racial...
By Her Own Rules
Founder Committed to Helping 2,020 People Learn to Swim by 2020
Paulana Lamonier was certainly on to something when she launched her company Black People Will Swim in 2019.
The Lifestyle NYC
Paulana Lamonier Discusses Swimming, Using Your Gifts
When it comes to Black women changing the game and making a difference, its Paulana Lamonier for me. For decades, the idea of Black people swimming has been quite taboo.
'Black People Will Swim' Is Fighting A Racist Stereotype With Swim Lessons
Black People Will Swim aims to dismantle the long-standing myth that Black people can't swim using everything from private swim lessons to haircare classes for protecting Black hair in the water.
Paulana Lamonier - Black People Will Swim
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