TWWI Expands Young Women Rock! Program to Mentor Girls in South Bronx Housing Project
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Contact: Uraidah Hassani
THE WOMEN WORLDWIDE INITIATIVE EXPANDS YOUNG WOMEN ROCK! PROGRAM TO MENTOR GIRLS IN SOUTH BRONX HOUSING PROJECT
(New York City, January 27, 2014): The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) expands its Young Women Rock! (YWR!) Mentorship Program from Brooklyn to the South Bronx. YWR! Bronx will be based in the community center of St. Mary’s Park Houses, which is sponsored by the New York City Housing Authority. TWWI has begun mentor and mentee recruitment for YWR! Brooklyn and YWR! Bronx. Launched in 2012, the personal development and leadership program for girls living in impoverished and marginalized communities in New York City has impacted over sixty young women and girls and contributed to the graduation of participating high school seniors who were also all accepted into college.
YWR! has the mission to empower girls through mentorship, building their self-confidence and challenging them to discover and fulfill their potential. The program is unique in that is curriculum, group and one-on-one based. The program participants – mentors between the ages of 19 and 30, and mentees between the ages of 14 and 18 years old – benefit from group discussion, one-on-one mentoring relationships, and the sisterhood that is built from it. The curriculum covers topics from self-esteem and personal identity to sexual health, future options and global citizenship.
The need for YWR! is great. Rates of poverty, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, are alarmingly high both in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the South Bronx. And conversely, there is a dearth of programs that support the personal and leadership development of girls in particular. Teen pregnancy in particular leads many girls in these communities to drop out of high school, lowering their chances of receiving a higher education and earning a competitive salary to support a family later in life.
TWWI hopes that YWR! will interrupt the poverty cycle that exists in so many communities by providing young women with access to important resources and to a strong, life-long support system that encourages their ambition and empowers their confidence.
About The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) is a non-profit organization with the mission to empower women and girls to strengthen their own capacities as decision-makers. TWWI’s mentorship programs and small-scale international development projects are dedicated to poverty eradication through youth development, and social and economic empowerment of women and girls in low-income communities in New York City and developing countries. Their programs have impacted over 60 young women and girls in inner cities in New York, 30 children in the Dominican Republic and 400 children in Zambia, as well as empowered over 300 members of the communities they serve through arts events such as Love, Light & Lyrics. Learn more: www.womenworldwideinitiative.org