1. YWAC Background

Girls for Gender Equity, Inc. (GGE) invites you to apply to join the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) as part of New York City’s Young Women’s Initiative.  

GGE is an intergenerational, advocacy organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through youth organizing, leadership development, and community-building for gender and racial equity, GGE challenges structural forces -- racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, economic inequality -- that work to constrict the freedom, full expression, and rights of trans and cis girls and young women of color and gender nonconforming individuals.

On May 14, 2015, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the New York City Council would launch an initiative dedicated to young women and girls. Two years ago, 20+ young trans and cisgender women of color and gender non-conforming youth of color helped influence and lead intergenerational conversations with City Council, New York City Mayor’s Office, philanthropic partners, city agencies, and peers. Their hard work culminated into over 100 recommendations that are outlined in the #SheWillBe report. This past year, the 2016-2017 YWAC cohort identified key policy recommendations from #SheWillBe to include in the YWAC policy platform. YWAC members advocated for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Culturally Relevant K-12 Curriculum, and Summons Reform.

This year we are convening 25 young trans and cis young women of color and gender non-conforming youth of color again to make sure our work continues and that our recommendations are felt and followed through in New York City. This is a paid position ($15/hr) including metrocard, an evening meal, and a stipend to cover childcare costs for young parents.

YWAC Member Opportunity Highlights: Identify important issues impacting you and your community and gain skills on how to push for transformative change!
  • Government Relations: Receive training in public policy, civic engagement, and participatory budgeting to affect institutional change
  • Community: Meet with community partners to discuss the importance of centering and uplifting the expertise and experiences of trans and cis young women and girls of color and gender non-conforming youth of color. 
  • Media: Develop a digital organizing platform through video, print, storytelling, podcasts, and social media to engage youth of color in New York City and nationally.
About this application: 
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Questions? Email: Nala, ntoussaint@ggenyc.org and Sarika, skumar@ggenyc.org
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