Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program


The Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program is a curriculum based, group, and one-on-one mentorship program dedicated to strengthening the lives and communities of young women in impoverished neighborhoods. The program is for girls ages 14 to 18 years old and includes weekly sessions and monthly cultural outings.

The program mission is to empower girls through mentorship, building their self-confidence and challenging them to discover and fulfill their potential.

YWR! featured on MSNBC


About the program

Since 2012, the YWR! mentorship program has served the South Bronx, Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn neighborhoods through public housing community centers. YWR! provides girls from low-income neighborhoods, ages 14 – 18, with one-on-one matches with screened and trained mentors in addition to benefiting from group sessions weekly and culturally enriching outings monthly. Each mentor receives extensive training and support from TWWI staff to promote the success of the mentoring match and to ensure that the match will be sustained for at least one full academic year cycle. YWR! sessions foster self-respect and love, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration while discussing curriculum topics, as follows:

High School Curriculum Units:

  1. Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence Building
  2. Sexual Health and Decision-Making
  3. Broader Women’s Issues and Future Options
  4. Community Service and Global Citizenship

The philosophy behind the YWR! curriculum is to empower 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. Young Women Rock! supports young women to develop their self-esteem and make informed decisions for themselves in the face of severe societal pressure; illustrating that they have a network of support and resources available to them.

Why is Young Women Rock! important?

“We encourage their ambition and empower their confidence, but most of all, the mentees and mentors in our program are shown the power of sisterhood, community and self-love.” – The Women Worldwide Team

The impact
  • A community of young female leaders in NYC who seek and value community action and involvement
  • Young women who recognize their self-worth and potential
  • Young women with increased self-esteem and decision-making abilities
  • Young women who envision themselves as leaders now and in the future
  • Positive role models for young women, which encourage their ambition, self-confidence and growth, allowing them to trust and showing them that they are supported.
  • Young women with more positive attitudes toward school, improved academic performance, increased trust for adults and teachers, higher levels of self-confidence and a greater ability to express their feelings (Curtis & Hansen-Schwoebel, 1999; Karcher, 2005; Karcher, Davis, & Powell, 2002).

Why is Young Women Rock! unique?

high impact. 

Young Women Rock! operates in communities where little to no leadership programs exist for girls. By speaking to young women living in poverty during their formative years about issues of self-worth, health, goals and aspirations, YWR! is able to have the highest impact in interrupting the poverty cycle. Our program takes place in a community center, which allows any girl ages 14 -18 years old in the community to join the program.


The Young Women Rock! Mentorship program addresses the crisis facing adolescent girls living in poverty, and understands the need for positive self-images, a strong sense of awareness and access to resources. The sessions are designed to be creative and enriching, and we often bring in guest speakers and workshops to enhance discussions.

holistic & sustainable. 

As our program participants are young women in 9th to 12th grade, we are able to follow the girls through high school and onto college, at which point we encourage them to come back as mentors for the YWR! program in their neighborhood.

23 Responses to “Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program”
  1. Victoria Smith says:

    I would love to contribute to this program, however, I don’t live in NYC and would like to receive more information about the online mentorship. Thank you!

  2. Ms. Hassani says:

    We will be contacting you in the coming weeks! Thank you for your interest!

  3. Hi, I like your program,I am from Kenya,and I work with young girls rescued from harmful cultural practices,I would like to be involved so as to pass the same knowledge to our girls here,they really need it! Thank you!

  4. Ms. Hassani says:

    Perhaps we can start a pen pal program and each week discuss the topics in our curriculum. Send me an email at womenworldwide.founder(at) and we can chat more!

  5. Patty Bogart says:

    I too would love to do something to enpower other and help them believe in themselves for who they are! I live in wisconsin…How can I help/

  6. Laura Rea says:

    I would love to volunteer for this program but I don’t live in new york I live in Las Vegas. If I could how I create a similar program here in my community?

  7. Stacey Wolff says:

    I teach at a Title I middle school in Las Vegas and would love more information on this program. In addition, I was wondering if consideration had been given to the possibility of the program being adapted for girls in the middle school, 10-15 year age range? Thanks!

  8. Ms. Hassani says:

    Thank you for your interest in mentoring and in Young Women Rock! We do have a curriculum for middle school-aged students. My Team and I have been discussing the creation of community and/or college chapters of YWR!

    Please send me an email at womenworldwide.founder[at] and we can discuss further!


  9. Ms. Hassani says:

    Thank you for your interest in mentoring and in Young Women Rock! My Team and I have been discussing the creation of community and/or college chapters of YWR!

    Please send me an email at womenworldwide.founder[at] and we can discuss further!


  10. Ms. Hassani says:

    Please send me an email at womenworldwide.founder[at], and I can add you to our volunteer database. I will have our Head of Public Outreach reach out to you with more details.



  11. Jude Robinson says:

    I am a former high school teacher and present day social worker in a town in Kansas that has an extremely high rate of teen and even pre-teen pregnancy. I am very interested in your program and hope it would be applicable to girls most of whom are not of color. Please let me know how I could preview your curriculum.

  12. Hi! My name is Hellen Gathogo, from Kenya. I work with an indigenous Foundation for Children known as One More Day for Children as the Executive Director. Our work revolves around ensuring that all children and young persons enjoy their human rights and are protected from human abuse.As part of our intervention,We rescue alot of young girls from early marriages and teenage pregnancies, and solicit for help to take them to schools and provide safe shelter. I love your program and i would wish we could get in touch to see how we can help the rescued victims of Gender Based Violence and teenage crisis. Thanks

  13. Ms. Hassani says:

    Hi Hellen,

    Thank you for commenting! Please send me an email at and we can talk further!


  14. Hello

    My name is Tahani from Yemen ,and I trained for the program springboard of the British Council’s program is a special development of women’s self of the interlocutor of self-confidence and learn self-help women’s decision-making and change her life for the better I am also President of the National Foundation for Development and Human Rights interested in the organization of women from all classes to help them on economic empowerment, health, education and social

    I am very interested in your program where our goals are strongly linked to our attitudes and

    I need to have more information about the program

  15. marina says:


    I am doing an assignment for college and I wanted to focus on your organization. It would be really great if I could possibly speak with someone, as the assignment is to develop a PR plan and I will need a little information for the source!!

    Really amazing organization!

    Marina 🙂

  16. Why don’t we bring your program to South Africa where they is much emphasis on youth development between 18-35 years . Currently Ukunika “Builds Ambassadors in order to create a new generation of leaders”
    Lets collaborate. Vivian

  17. Priya Murthy says:

    Hi, I’d love to volunteer for this program but just found out about it now. I am available on Thursday afternoons also. Is it too late to get involved for the semester?

  18. Valeria says:

    I live all the way down in South Africa… I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Cape Town. I really think this initiative would be beneficial to me. Please consider expending into southern Africa!!!

  19. Lucenya says:

    Thanks for your good work.

    I am lucy from Kenya – Africa. Mentoring young girls is my passion, i would appreciate tips on how to work out a program for our young girls, am in the process of registering my network.

  20. Keshia says:

    I love what this program stands for. I would love to join this program and become a mentor, how can I go about doing this??

  21. stacey niese says:

    I would like to volunteer butI live in Little Rock Arkansas so I would need to mentor someone in my town.

  22. Ann Kos says:

    My name is Ann Kos. I work at Marys Shelter in Pennsylvania. We would like to start a program here for the girls. They are young, pregnant and /or have a child already. They need guidence, assistance, and love. Is it possible to get a copy of your curriculum for us to use as a guide to start a program for them? Your kindness and help would be so much appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.

  23. Ms. Chen says:

    How can high schoolers apply to be part of this program? Thanks.

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