This research fills the gaps in the literature surrounding the career aspirations of Black female high school students in Canada. The literature surrounds five key factors regarding career aspirations, educational programs that help young Black females to succeed in high school, the portrayal of Black women in the media and the history of Black women and work. The conceptual framework is based on four key concepts of spirit, motivation, self-esteem and identity. The methodology of this research is based on qualitative narrative case studies of 10 student participants, three parents and eight community members. Along with the qualitative narrative case study approach, a culturally holistic approach to data collection are included. In order to build on the gaps in the research on Black female high school students’ career aspirations, I focus on three major research questions. What are the challenges that are faced by the student participants in order to succeed during and after high school? Linking with the first question, what are the self-help strategies the student participants use to facilitate their roads to success in and out of high school? Finally, what and where are the community supports for young Black females and their career aspirations through arts-focused community centres? There are also three sub-questions associated with the three major research questions. The first is, what support are they getting from their families to meet their career goals? The second is, what does this mean to us as educators? The third is, what is the significance of this research as it links to the conceptual framework?
The findings of the study link to three recommendations included. This study finds that separate gender classrooms in the public school system would limit the number of distractions for young Black women to achieve their goals in high school. Also, racism and sexism are still problems for young Black female students and teachers in the education system can make great strides in aiding this situation. The eight community members in this study and their contributions to the lives of young Black women and their success is evidence of the community support for young Black women’s career goals. The three parents who participated show that the families of young Black female high school students are striving to help their daughters achieve their career goals.