MENTORING AND EMPOWERMENT

* Identify and partner with preexisting mentoring organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, I Mentor, New York Cares, and others.

* Sponsor events such as film screenings and discussions, sports, gallery tours, arts & crafts, yoga, and more.

* Form a friend/buddy group (for the younger members of DWC)

* Teach children and school leaders how to handle, navigate, and respond to students' use of social media

This team will work on making socially conscious sources of diverse content in terms of race, gender-normative roles, and sexuality available to young women. Our first action is to donate subscriptions toTeen Vogue to schools and libraries in red states and conservative areas. In the past year, under its new editor Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue has expanded its content to cover not just fashion and celebrities, but politics and current affairs. The online and print publication does not assume that their audience is uninterested in topical information. We ask you to suggest places that might be interested in receiving a gift of Teen Vogue. A subscription currently costs only $5/year and through the Downtown Women for Change community we have the ability to reach many girls around the country. 

CLOTHING DRIVE ACTION TEAM

Our periodic clothing drives benefit organizations like Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit that facilitates entrance into the workforce for economically disadvantaged women by providing them with professional clothing, job readiness, and post-employment training and coaching. Consider making a donation by purchasing something from Bottomless Closet’s Amazon wishlist: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/A8HHO00F50XM/ref=cm_wl_list_o_2. And while you’re at it, make sure to sign up for Amazon Smile, which gives a percentage of your purchase to a charity of your choice.