2019-2020 Programs Applications Now Open
GGE Programming: Soon To Be Back In Session!
We hope you’ve all had a great summer! The new school year is just around the corner and so is GGE annual youth activist programming!
GGE’s two most renowned programs, Sisters In Strength (SIS) and the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) have historically brought together young trans and cis girls of color and gender non-conforming youth of color all across New York City to incite social change in youth organizing, activism, and civic engagement in their communities and local-level government. Both programs have since graduated alumni that have gone on to become movement leaders, activists, and catalysts across the nation. This year we proudly celebrate SIS in its fifteenth year (est. 2004) and YWAC in its fifth (est. 2014) and continue to welcome a new cohort this fall.
Applications for both SIS and YWAC are currently open, and will be accepting applicants on a rolling basis. Priority deadline applications should be submitted no later than September 16th and applications officially close on September 23rd. To learn more about both programs, their origins, and member responsibilities, please read more below!
Sisters In Strength (SIS)
Sisters In Strength (SIS) engages young people who are survivors of child sexual abuse and young people who are allies to survivors. SIS is in partnership with the “metoo.” movement to drive their series of youth-centered and youth-led survival circles to serve as a place to heal from sexual violence, learn advocacy, skills, and cultivate joy and siblinghood. SIS members also engage in healing and transformative justice approaches as they seek to shift change in their communities to end gender based violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and sexual assault.
SIS Qualifications, Responsibilities, and Benefits
- SIS holds space for cis and trans girls and gender non-conforming youth of color between the ages of 15–18 years old.
- SIS is a 9-month program from October — June.
- The program occurs Wednesday’s & Thursday’s from 4:30–6:30pm, in downtown Brooklyn.
- Some activities may take place off site (field trips) and are chaperoned with ample notice to participants and their parents/caregivers.
- SIS members are provided with one-to-one check-ins and community support
- SIS members receive a monthly stipend for their participation.
The application for Sisters in Strength (SIS) is here.
The Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC)
The Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) was created in 2015 during GGE’s groundbreaking NYC Young Women’s Initiative. YWAC is a forum where young trans and cis women and girls and gender non-conforming youth of color come together in community to support and honor all lived experiences. YWAC convenes weekly to build siblinghood amongst the cohort to establish its core foundation of its organizing and public actions for the program year. YWAC members engage in youth organizing and civic engagement strategies to push for transformative change.
YWAC Qualifications, Responsibilities, and Benefits
- YWAC is a forum for young trans and cis women and girls and gender non-conforming youth of color between the ages of 16–24.
- YWAC members serve as an ambassador to their communities.
- YWAC members participate in weekly meetings from October — June, held Monday & Tuesday from 4:30–6:30pm in downtown Brooklyn.
- YWAC members participate in additional learning, developmental, and social justice opportunities.
- YWAC members are expected to collaborate in an end of program presentation to showcase accomplishments, actions, and organizing achievements from the year.
- YWAC members are provided with one-to-one check-ins and community support.
- YWAC members receive a monthly stipend for their participation.
The application for Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) is here.
Examples of achievements of YWAC & SIS this past year:
- Providing testimony at the Department of Education to demand the increase of 1 to 7 Title IX coordinators for New York City Public Schools through GGE’s The School Girls Deserve Campaign — — and won!
- Speaking up at Denim Day 2019 for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- Providing testimony at Tweed Hall demanding comprehensive sexual health education in alliance with the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC).
- Engaging on panels and co-facilitating workshops at Youth Centered conferences such as STARS, Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) Youth Summit, Beyond The Bars at Columbia University, and more.
- Co-orchestrating youth-led actions with our sibling orgs Make The Road New York and Rockaway Youth Task Force protesting police brutality and police violence in our communities.
- Released an internal youth-led and youth-created zine of poems, self-care, and essays about survivorship, siblinghood, and community care.
Interested in YWAC or SIS? Know a young person who would be interested and/or the perfect fit to be a new member? Check out our application now:
Application for Sisters in Strength (SIS) is here.
Application for Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) is here.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming dates pertaining to YWAC and SIS programming:
Monday, September 16: Priority Application Deadline for YWAC and SIS
Monday, September 16: YWAC & SIS Open House @ 3:30–6:30pm
Friday, October 11th: Final Decisions for YWAC & SIS Applicants to be released
Monday, October 21: Start of YWAC Programming
Wednesday, October 23: Start of SIS Programming
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