The WomanHOOD Project
The WomanHOOD Project is a Bronx-based collective run by and for young women of color (HOOD: Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination). Our mission is to uplift womanhood through racial and gender justice: we implement an after-school mentorship program for high school girls of color, and a leadership development program for mentors and staff who run the organization. In our mentorship program, college-aged women of color (18-24 y.o.) facilitate weekly workshops at two South Bronx partner schools on women of color feminism, community history, and pop culture. Mentors and mentees develop close relationships to support their mutual growth as local leaders. Our annual Spring Symposium brings together mentees, their families, and school administrators from both of our partner schools to celebrate the accomplishments of mentees and our collective power in the Bronx.
The WomanHOOD Project provides its participants with: Action Projects- a curriculum which prepares mentees for leadership and organizing; SisterHOOD Saturdays- Saturday programming for mentees across our partner schools to come together for inter-community building; and a Women of Color Literary Space - with 100 donated books to providing teens with information that centers their lived experiences as instrumental in their wellness and leadership development. Being an Ashoka Changemaker means having qualitative impact in the communities that I identify with. In order to sustain positive change, it is important to help others in realizing their ability to implement change.
The $1,000 seed funding would be allocated to support three major outcomes: capacity-building of our mentees through action projects, paying for our SisterHOOD Saturdays to increase accessibility, and maintaining the literary space.