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Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council launched the Young Women's Initiative to identify the gaps in services for young women age 12-24, with a focus on women of color. The YWI brings together leaders and organizers who work with teens and young adults and advocate for them in all aspects of our society, with the goal of crafting policy recommendations that address racial, gender and other disparities. This is being done with young women at the center of the conversations—as active and consistent participants in discussions and through a multiplatform campaign, #SheWillBe—to hear directly from them.
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The Afghan Women’s Writing Project was founded in 2009 in defense of the human right to voice one’s story. Online writing workshops partner international writers, educators, and journalists with English-speaking women in six Afghan provinces. Poems and essays are published each week at awwproject.org where over 1300 pieces by Afghan women can now be read. In support of this central focus, AWWP’s program also includes a women-only internet café in Kabul, training workshops, online Dari workshops, radio broadcasts of AWWP writings in Afghanistan, laptops, internet, and publication opportunities. AWWP believes that empowering Afghan women creates possibilities for economic independence and instills leadership abilities as in reinforces freedom of speech. Follow the organization on Twitter , Facebook or email.
Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but without the financial means to attend school. The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services which allows students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty. Our groundbreaking educational model has generated a community of students filled with intellectual curiosity and a hunger to learn.
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Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is New York’s first writing and mentoring organization for girls, and one of the nation’s top after school programs as distinguished twice by the White House and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Our teens have performed their original work at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, published in Newsweek, ELLE India, Huffington Post and our award-wining anthology, and earned hundreds of prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Check us out on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and Tumblr.
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GlobalGirl Media is an award-winning organization that develops the voice and self-expression of teenage girls in underserved communities by training them to become digital media citizen journalists, turning up the volume of girls' voices around the world so girls can advocate for their perspectives and solutions to change.
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The Jewish Women's Archive's Rising Voices Fellowship is a10?month program for female?identified teens in high?school who have a passion for writing, a demonstrated concern for current and historic events, and a strong interest in Judaism, gender and social justice. The Jewish Women's Archive is a national non?profit devoted to documenting Jewish women’s stories, elevating their voices, and inspiring them to be agents of change. Founded in 1995, JWA is the world’s largest source of material about and voices of Jewish women.
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Public Radio International (PRI) is a global non-profit media company focused on the intersection of journalism and engagement to affect positive change in people’s lives. We create a more informed, empathetic and connected world by sharing powerful stories, encouraging exploration, connecting people and cultures, and creating opportunities to help people take informed action on stories that inspire them. Its mission is to serve audiences as a distinctive content source for information, insights and cultural experiences essential to living in our diverse, interconnected world. Founded in 1983, PRI audio, text and visual content is currently consumed by almost 19 million people each month.
Proud2Bme Proud2Bme is the National Eating Disorders Association's online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.
The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. We envision a world where the best ideas - regardless of where they come from - will have a chance to be heard, and to shape society and the world. The Youth Narrating Our World (YNOW) Emerging Thought Leaders initiative was created by The OpEd Project in collaboration with McCormick's Why News Matters initiative, to increase the public presence and impact of young people in media thought leadership, civic engagement and ultimately in strengthening the democracy. Read about the 2013-14 Youth Narrating Our World project here .
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WIL Uganda – Women In Leadership is a female led grassroots community based organization empowering women and girls in eastern Uganda in a rural town called Busembatia. WIL Uganda operates with a mission to empower women and girls with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their own communities. Our vision is for women and girls to be in positions of leadership acting as role models for future generations whilst promoting equitable development in Uganda. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and through our newsletter.
Writopia Lab is a national nonprofit; our mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in young people from all backgrounds through creative writing workshops.