We are Participating in AIDS Walk New York!

Dear Friends and Family,

The Women Worldwide Initiative Team and the beautiful mentors and mentees in our Young Women Rock! Mentorship Programare participating in AIDS Walk NY this May 20, 2012!AIDS Walk New York is our community’s single most powerful and enduring response to the AIDS epidemic, and Young Women Rock! and I are asking you to be a part of that response. I thank you in advance for being as generous as you can and for joining us in this important cause.

The Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program is dedicated to strengthening the lives and communities of young women of color in NYC 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. As part of our unit on Community Service & Global Citizenship, our students showed interest in walking in the AIDS Walk this year!

This is our first year participating, and believe it will become an annual tradition. Please join us in making a meaningful difference in the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, while teaching the young women we mentor that they can make a difference in their communities. Did you know that…?

  • Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.
  • 20% of those infected with HIV do not know it.
  • Women in New York City are increasingly at risk for HIV. Today, 1 in 3 New Yorkers living with HIV is a woman

Despite advancements made in the treatment and prevention of HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the overall rate of infection continues to rise.

AIDS Walk New York is a 10-kilometer fundraising walk benefiting GMHC, in addition to more than 40 other tri-state AIDS service organizations. GMHC and its community partners provide life-sustaining food, counseling, job placement, medical and dental care, safe housing, and much more for thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Your donation helps make these services possible. They are essential to combating this terrible disease.

We have pledged to set a goal to raise $1,000. We hope you will help us go above and beyond in our fundraising efforts! We would love your support as we walk for AIDS on May 20, 2012. Please make a generous contribution to our AIDS Walk New York Team or show your support by walking with us on May 20th!
                              
Donating is a quick and easy way to help in the fight against AIDS. The website is secure and all donations are 100% tax deductible. If you prefer to write a check please make it out to AIDS Walk New York and send it to: AIDS Walk New York, Old Chelsea Station, PO Box 10, New York, NY 10113-0010.  Be sure to write my name on the check and let me know by email if you were able to send in a donation – so I can thank YOU for your support!
Many thanks,
Uraidah Hassani
Founder & Executive Director
The Women Worldwide Initiative
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