Who better to reimagine justice than THOSE who have experienced life without it?

I Am Why brings young women and gender expansive activists together with researchers and other partners to increase young activists’ individual and collective power. By celebrating their strengths and sharing their stories and visions for justice, young people lead the way to policies, practices and programs that work.

Why I Am Why?

Too often, girls, young women and gender expansive people—especially of color—are ignored or oppressed for demonstrating the very qualities they need to become healthy, powerful adults. Equitable systems and a just society must take a different course, celebrating and supporting qualities such as leadership, loyalty, courage and curiosity, and giving young people meaningful power over their own lives.

I Am Why is a movement for self-determination and justice that centers young women and gender expansive activists. Through individual stories, artwork, research and action, I Am Why’s young activists are reclaiming and re-creating their narrative. We are developing a collective vision of policies, practices and programs that center our humanity and power. We invite you to partner with us as we reimagine justice.

Why I Am Why?

Too often, girls, young women and gender expansive people—especially of color—are ignored or oppressed for demonstrating the very qualities they need to become healthy, powerful adults. Equitable systems and a just society must take a different course, celebrating and supporting qualities such as leadership, loyalty, courage and curiosity, and giving young people meaningful power over their own lives.

I Am Why is a movement for self-determination and justice that centers young women and gender expansive activists. Through individual stories, artwork, research and action, I Am Why’s young activists are reclaiming and re-creating their narrative. We are developing a collective vision of policies, practices and programs that center our humanity and power. We invite you to partner with us as we reimagine justice.

The I Am Why Blog

A Day in the Life: 4 Days Old

A Day in the Life: 4 Days Old

I start getting ready It’s the baby’s first doctor's appointment today I hadn’t slept at all You are sound asleep I take a picture of the two males in my life that I “love” more than anything He flips over in his sleep and almost hits the baby I get in between I’m so...

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Morning Thoughts

Morning Thoughts

Morning Thoughts Movement building through my lens got me stressing I am stressed because my youthfulness won't last forever I was told my voice is power, My leadership will lead others to empowerment My passion wishes and dreams will come true just be consistent...

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Vivid Overturning

Vivid Overturning

Vivid Overturning, Samantha Cortez Although this wasn’t a positive inspiration, the first 24 hours of a post-Roe world is what gave me the spark to paint. When creating this piece, I couldn’t help but think of my son. I love my son and would do anything in my power to...

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I Am Why is a fiscally sponsored project of the Peace Development Fund.