The WomanHOOD Project is an after school mentorship program for young women of color in the Bronx. Our mission is to celebrate womanhood through racial and gender justice. 

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  • ​WomanHOOD was featured on Buzzfeed’s notable podcast, Another Round. Ten students and mentors went on personal tour. 

  • With financial support from Citizens Committee of New York City: Citizens Neighborhood Grant, WomanHOOD partnered with M.S. 223 in designing and implementing the Bronx’s first Women of Color Literary Space in the school’s new community library. Books in the literary space are written by and for women of color, and students of all backgrounds can borrow the books for free. 

  • WomanHOOD was featured in the Women of Color Solidarity Conference in New York City: Maria Fernanda Martinez (Director of Curriculum) and XingJian Li (Deputy Director) led workshop on radical approaches to education; XingJian was featured on the Intersectionality panel. 

  • Aku Acquaye, mentor, was featured in New York Amsterdam News and as an up and coming changemaker! 


  • XingJian Li was featured on the Leadership in the Ivy League Panel by the Columbia Ivy Council regarding education and community engagement.

  • WomanHOOD was featured in We Are New York Values as a Racial & Gender Justice organization 





  • Our Co-Founder, Amanda Matos, was selected as one of five national Peace First Prize winners!

  • Mentor, Alicia Morejon Selected for Young People For's 2014-2015 Fellowship, Spring 2014

  • WomanHOOD on TV: Amanda represented us on BronxNet

  • Amanda Matos was featured in Riverdale Press for winning National Peace First Prize

  • Mentor, Chigozie Akah Selected for White House Internship, Spring 2014

  • Mentor, Stephanie Fernandez Successfully Completed Her Senior Thesis for Urban Studies Program - New York City Field Research at Barnard College, Spring 2014

  • Feminism* with an Asterisk: Inclusive Feminism for Women of Color

  • A Case Study of the WomanHOOD Project

  • WomanHOOD collaborated with Designer, Kristen Myers, at Pratt Institute for Design competition

  • Amanda R. Matos Awarded an Honorarium for Presentation at ACT! An Interdisciplinary Social Justice Symposium, Winter 2014: Feminism & "Feminism" for Young Women of Color



  • Director of Curriculum Development, Erida Tosini-Corea Selected for Young People For's 2013-2014 Fellowship, Spring 2013

  • Amanda R. Matos Awarded the King's Crown Leadership Excellence Award, with Dean's Distinction, for Civic Responsbility, Spring 2013


  • WomanHOOD awarded seed grant by Young People For, a program of People for the American Way

  • WomanHOOD awarded seed grant by Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

  • The WomanHOOD Project Recognized by Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race as a Program in Their Student Leadership Institute, Summer 2012

  • Amanda R. Matos Awarded the TruFit Good Citizen Award by Citizen Bank, Summer 2012



  • Amanda R. Matos Selected for Young People For's 2011-2012 Fellowship, Spring 2011


Awards and recognition