Press Release: Camaradas to Host 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
1 Year Anniversary Celebration
NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 – Camaradas El Barrio will host The Women Worldwide Initiative’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebration & Sandy Relief Effort.
On Thursday, November 8, 2012, Camaradas, an iconic cultural venue in New York City, will host youth and women empowerment organization, The Women Worldwide Initiative. As part of the organization’s 1 Year Anniversary, The Women Worldwide Initiative will bring together important voices of the community, including other youth organizations, educators, artists, community leaders and social change makers. The evening will celebrate the accomplishments of the organization’s first year of programs for women and girls both locally and globally. In light of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it has caused in New York City, the event will also provide a donation drop box to aid the existing relief efforts.
The relief effort component of this event demonstrates the organization’s mission to empower women and girls to be leaders in their own communities, as the mentors in their Young Women Rock! program are working closely with high school mentees to spearhead the donation collection effort, teaching them how to organize grassroots efforts and empowering them to be actively involved in effecting positive change. The organization’s leadership has said that, “The lessons the girls will learn by example during this global citizenship effort will be a precursor to their active involvement in changing their own lives as well as the lives of others.” Members of the community are encouraged to attend the event, or even simply to drop off suggested items such as flashlights, batteries, socks, blankets (packaged), winter coats, bottled water and non-perishable food items.
In one year, TWWI has trained 25 teenage girls from Brownsville/East New York, Brooklyn and 25 college and graduate women in more than 24 weeks of leadership, service, educational and personal development curriculum in Young Women Rock! The organization has also raised enough funds to donate 500+ inspirational notebooks to youth in conflict zones in the Middle East, and will serve over 400 at-risk children in the rural community of Ndola, Zambia in 2013 through the establishment of the community’s first computer lab, which will offer IT literacy programs and an internet cafe.
The evening, which will commemorate one year of hard work, and was initially planned as a fundraiser to aid in the expansion of the Young Women Rock! Leadership Program from Brooklyn to the Bronx, will instead raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Pearl Naidoo will sponsor gift bags, as well as donate several specialty items from her new collection for the raffle, and Champion Media Group will capture the event through photographs and video footage. The event will be hosted by TWWI Board Member, Teresita Ayala (also known by her stage name, Lah Tere),a humanitarian, activist, songstress, visionary speaker, and co-founder of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, an annual multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. She will introduce performances by Cindy Sugarush, Crozs, Terrin, Justo, Elle Winston and Pilar Walsh.
About The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative, a nonprofit sponsored organization, established in 2011, advances the lives and communities of women and girls in under-served communities in New York City and in developing countries. Since 2011, The Women Worldwide Initiative has been recognized by Melissa Harris-Perry from MSNBC as being a “foot soldier” in low-income neighborhoods in New York City, and by the Young & Powerful Group as providing essential high impact programs and services for the community. To learn more about The Women Worldwide Initiative’s history and work please visit wome womenworldwideinitiative.org.
C A M A R A D A S el barrio – a restaurant, bar and cultural entertainment venue in Spanish Harlem- has become a destination for those seeking quality entertainment in Upper Manhattan. Their wall space showcases photographs and paintings by local and international artists. Camaradas celebrates “the spirit of the unsung heroes; the factory workers and laborers whose hard work and sweat help make New York City one of the industrial and financial centers of the world.” For more information, visit camaradaselbarrio.com or call (212) 348-2703.