Young Women’s Advisory Council

The Young Women’s Initiative is an intergenerational, participatory governance process initiated in 2015 with former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, to center the needs and voices of cis and trans young women and gender nonconforming young people of color ages 12-24. The Young Women’s Advisory Council continues to engage young people in the work of enacting institutional change. 

Click here for the executive summary of the Young Women’s Initiative National Model.
Get the full Report and Recommendations of NYC Young Women’s Initiative, Here

Integral to the success of YWI is the Young Women’s Advisory Council.  Cis and trans women and girls of color and gender non-conforming young people, ages 12-24 participated in 5 issue-based working groups to inform policy, program, data, and funding recommendation for New York City.

From YWI came the Building Power NYC Map, a pilot tool used to map the services available to cis, trans, and gender-nonconforming young women and girls of color in New York City. All information used was self-reported by agencies. These findings only reflect the 80 organizations that completed the mapping survey and the 197 locations that participated in YWI.