08.28.135:30 PM ET

A Rock for Young Women

Initiative has both local and global empowerment programs.

The Women Worldwide Initiative focuses on project areas big and small, from a mentorship program in the poorest part of New York City to a sewing-skills project for women in the Dominican Republic. The mentorship program, Young Women Rock!, strives to empower young women in Brownsville and East New York, Brooklyn, by teaching girls that they possess worth and talking about drugs, alcohol, food, and sex. The initiative’s founder and executive director, Uraidah Hassani, was recently featured on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show. “The program keeps me sane,” one of the mentees, Christina Green, says on the show. “It’s good to open up and talk.” Another of the initiative’s projects is Notebooks for Peace, which provides teens and young adults with specially designed notebooks made in their own country for their own personal expression. The initiative partners with local organizations like NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, as well as NGOs like the Q Fund and Women LEAD.