Connecting the dots between experience and research

Explore our brochures and bibliographies posted here to learn more about young women’s lived experiences and the current research on policies, practices and programs that work. Those in the field are invited to download these resources to use in their work building just and equitable systems.

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Our work is organized around five guiding developmental principles: rights, self-determination, leadership, relationships and identity. See how these principles can help guide us as we work to reimagine systems.

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Our work is organized around five guiding developmental principles: Rights, self determination, leadership, relationships and identity. See how these principles can help guide us as we work to re-imagine systems.

RIGHTS: When opportunity and respect are guaranteed, young women are able to reach their full potential.

The Right to an Equitable Education

See how this understanding of rights can help us re-think education.

 

LEADERSHIP: Young women who have lived injustice know how to shape change.

Leadership and Social Justice

Find out how leadership is nurtured through social justice activism.

SELF-DETERMINATION: Respecting self-determination acknowledges a young woman’s expertise and supports her as she shapes her future.

Self-Determination and Safety

Learn how centering self-determination can help safety take on a new meaning.

 

Relationships

A young woman’s chosen family and community are the foundation of her healthy development.

Brochures relating to this principle will be added soon.

Identity

Embracing a young woman’s varied identities and life experiences honors who she is and what she can become.

Brochures relating to this principle will be added soon.

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We thank Artistic Noise in Harlem, the Young Women’s Freedom Center in San Francisco, CURYJ in Oakland, and the many youth organizations who have made I Am Why possible.

I Am Why is made possible by the generous support of NoVo Foundation.