Young Women’s Advisory Council

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Too often, when we talk about issues facing girls, the discussion is limited. The conversation fails to recognize that many girls encounter unique challenges and must deal with systems that are rooted in racism, sexism, and structural poverty—the un-level playing field that creates and maintains poverty for people in certain circumstances. These challenges and barriers can lead to strikingly different outcomes from girls without these barriers that have long-lasting effects on communities of color and the success of women in general. By listening to the stories of girls of color, we can start to understand these barriers and map out a fuller strategy to secure the success of all girls and women.

This report attempts to elevate the voices of girls and young women of color in New York City and propose solutions to the barriers they face. In June 2015, we gathered for seven hours in New York to hear directly from more than a dozen girls, who are experts of their own experiences, as well as from community advocates who work to support them. The powerful stories and recommendations shared were a stark reminder that if we don’t listen to their voices, capture their solutions, and move forward with an agenda that centers their priorities, we will fail not only the girls and young women we heard from, but also entire communities. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT 

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