We are walking for EDUCATION & HEALTH with UNITED WAY NYC!

Dear friends and family,

We will participating in the 2012 LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk & Festival with United Way NYC on September 29th and we encourage you to join our Team as we walk across the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge.

We are excited to kick off the autumn month at an event that will allow us to involve our staff, volunteers, donors and family members in a positive activity with a purpose! Every step you take will help raise awareness of the need to “bridge” critical gaps in Education, Income and Health affecting poor and low-income New Yorkers. As our team members, you will enjoy musical entertainment, activities for children and youth, food for sale, plus the opportunity to visit with dozens of local nonprofits doing great work to improve lives and communities across the five boroughs (including The Women Worldwide Initiative!).

We could not forgive ourselves if we did not join this year’s walk as our programs are dedicated to youth development, and cultural and economic empowerment of women and girls. Our Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program is dedicated to strengthening the lives and communities of young women in under-served NYC neighborhoods through a curriculum based, group, and one-on-one mentorship program for high schoolers that empowers young women by having them think critically about themselves, their identity and their goals, while breaking down negative messages fed to them by society and the media.

The Bridge Walk is a symbolic walk to raise awareness of the urgent need to “bridge” critical gaps in the education, income stability and health of poor and low-income New Yorkers.
Did you know that:
•    1 in 3 New York City children lives in poverty.
•    1 in 4 New Yorkers lives in a household that can’t afford enough food.
•    39% of NYC high school students fail to graduate in four years.
•    40% of NYC children in Head Start are obese or overweight, putting them a much greater risk of chronic health problems as they grow up.

Join Young Women Rock! and our donors and community supporters in raising funds to support United Way of New York City’s work to improve early grade reading, increase graduation rates, help families become financially stable, and promote better nutrition in underserved communities.

                              

Many thanks,
Uraidah Hassani
Founder & Executive Director
The Women Worldwide Initiative
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