WHERE WE'RE FROM
The WomanHOOD Project was founded by Amanda R. Matos in January 2012 to address the lack of programming for Bronx youth, especially young women of color, with the long-term vision to expand programming, cultivate a large alumni network, and develop women of color leadership.
With the support of Young People For (YP4), a program of People for the American Way Foundation, and Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), Matos launched a pilot program in September 2012, reaching 15 high school students.
By September 2013, WomanHOOD established a successful partnership with a high school in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx. WomanHOOD programming is expanding and has reached over 50 students in the Bronx!
And in October 2014, WomanHOOD was recognized as one of five youth led projects to receive the national Peace First Prize, which will enable them to expand their programming throughout the Bronx in 2015.
WHAT WE DO
The WomanHOOD Project is a leadership program comprised and run by women of color who identify as womanists and feminists. We are a collective that envisions a society where young women of color are empowered to rightfully demand the respect of their personhood, justice for their communities, and proudly claim their identities.
The WomanHOOD Project serves our community by providing an after school mentorship and leadership program for young women of color in the Bronx, the home of co-founder Amanda R. Matos. We imagine the Bronx as a community known for its youth leaders working to dismantle oppressive structures that limit the potential and power of its residents.
Our organization strives to be a space for growth and support for young adult women of color as well as for the high school aged young women we work with. We have written our own unique curriculum that teaches media literacy, community organizing and personal storytelling skills through engagement with popular culture, women of color feminism and community history. By participating in The WomanHOOD Project, young women of color, ages 16-30, emerge as self-confident leaders, with an understanding of their social and political history and are ready to create positive change within their communities.