Monday, May 16, 2016

YWCHAC Joins the #SHEWILLBE NYC Council Young Women's Initiative

In May of 2015, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with her colleagues, Council Members Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Elizabeth Crowley, Laurie Cumbo and Darlene Mealy, announced the launch of the New York City Council's Young Women’s Initiative (YWI).

YWI seeks to build a lasting blueprint for investing in the future of young women and girls in New York City over the long-term, especially those of color. YWI focused on the following:
               - Addressing the needs of young women and girls ages 12–24, knowing that areas for intervention may reach a wider age range;
               - Spotlighting issues experienced by women and girls of color, knowing that when inequity is disaggregated by race and gender, disparities in outcomes in New York City are overwhelmingly concentrated in communities of color; and
                -Embracing an inclusive framework around gender beyond the binary, ensuring that transgender women and gender-non-conforming young women are also centered in this work.

Aligned with the Council’s commitment to participatory governance and knowing that young women and girls are experts in their own lives, the City Council created a Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC), which played a key role during the process.

The City Council called upon three leaders for racial and gender justice to serve as Initiative Co-Chairs: Ana Oliveira, CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation; Danielle Moss Lee, CEO of the YWCA of New York City; and Joanne Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity. In this capacity, they helped provide the vision, structure and framework for YWI. Initiative Co-Chairs then formed a Steering Committee of grassroots advocates, policy experts and leaders of YWAC, who convened a Working Group process to develop recommendations for improving the lives of young women and girls.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

YGB Awards 2/24/16

 YWCHAC Co-Founder, Claire Simon & Co-Director, Kymsha Henry
 received the Civic Leadership & Community Service Award 
at the NetLinkz Group, Inc. 
Unified NetWork of Business Professionals

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

#WE_SPEAK Alum testifies at the NYC Council Hearing on Sex Ed Oversight

#WE_SPEAK Alum, May Vutrapongvatana (white blazer), testifying at the NYC Council on Sex Education Oversight sitting with former Steering Committee Member, Bianca Lopez-Bakke of Boom Health (R).

"Lack of comprehensive sexual education is a human rights violation...," May V.

To that statement, there were visible silent applauds from Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, 35th District.

Watch Live Stream of YWCHAC Alumni participate in today’s City Council hearing on Oversight: Sex Education in NYC Schools at 11am

Watch the Live Stream of YWCHAC Alumni participate in today’s City Council hearing on Oversight: Sex Education in NYC Schools at 11am
This is why #WE_SPEAK: (Women Empowered Support Protect Education Advocate Know)

YWCHAC is in support of the bills on the table and will be asking that the NYC City Council also fund the NYC Sex Education Mandate issued by Mayor M. Bloomberg (August 2011).

Oversight: Sex Education in NYC Schools
Int. No. 771 - In relation to requiring the department of education to report on student health services.*
Int. No.  - In relation to requiring transparency from the department of education on instructors receiving training in sexual health education.**
Int. No.  - In relation to requiring the department of education to report information regarding comprehensive health education.***

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Love & Politics 2015

YWCHAC supports LOVE + POLITICS 2015 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 between 7pm – 10:30pm
The Attic, 251 West 48th Street,  New York, NY.

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, join us for cocktails & appetizers as we honor activists, celebrities and politicians that use their influence to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Music by DJ Jon Quick (WBLS)

Sponsors: RCA; CURLS 

Partners: Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer; NBLCA; Housing Works; Empire State Medical Association (ESMA); Human Intonations; Celestrial Caring Enterprises; #BEHIVSURE.  

Media Sponsor:  NV Magazine

Honorees - Tia Hines, Author; Ritchie Torres, NYC Council Member; Carine Jocelyn, CEO, Diaspora Community Services.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NHTD 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

National HIV Testing Day

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Get Tested, Seek Support & Treatment
#WE_SPEAK for those young women and girls who've yet to find their voices

Friday, January 9, 2015

Chakena Conway Memorial Service 01.23.15

In Loving Memory

Chakena R. Conway
Also known as
DaviD Isaiah Joseph
10/10/86 – 1/8/15

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Chakena
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
6:00 – 8:00pm
(Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Room on the First Floor
281 Park Avenue South (at 22nd. St.)

Take the #6 train to 23rd St. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Youth Resources...YWCHAC is Thankful

YWCHAC is thankful for the national focus on adolescents and young adults. The Office of Adolescent Health highlights five resources that are providing the nation’s emerging demographic with much needed life altering information.

The transitions occurring in adolescence and young adulthood are a time of growth and vulnerability for young people. Maintaining support through both these periods is important, especially as career and personal pathways become more complex. The Institute of Medicine’s new report, “Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults,” investigates specific health issues that young adults face and the actions programs and policymakers can take to help. Similarly, “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity,” from the White House Council on Women and Girls, shares the successes of evidence-based programming to improve economic and health outcomes for minority girls and women. Both reports recognize the progress that has been made, while highlighting the work that remains to be done.

Schools can use new resources to promote safe spaces for students and help them build healthier relationships, including training for school support personnel to address dating violence (from the National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments) and guidance on preventing sexual violence (from the U.S. Department of Education). Just as safe physical spaces can help prevent in-person bullying and violence, safe online spaces can help prevent cyber bullying. The Federal Trade Commission has a new site with free printed materials targeted to adolescents on preventing cyber bullying. Additionally, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention have new tip cards on cyber bullying for law enforcement professionals

Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks around December or January; approximately five to 20 percent of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. Fortunately, you can prevent the flu with the flu vaccine, recommended for everyone six months and older. has many resources to help people stay healthy during flu season, including a flu vaccine locator widget and a handy infographic that explains the different types of flu vaccines and dispels myths about the vaccine. 

Schools play an important role in adolescents’ nutrition. Farm to School programs operate in over 40,000 schools across the United States and expose students to locally grown foods. The Food and Nutrition Service, within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has developed a new toolkit that walks schools through the processes of starting and growing these programs. Another tool that helps adolescents eat better is USDA's SuperTracker. To supplement this resource, USDA recently released lesson plans high school teachers can use to introduce students to the tool.

The Office of Adolescent Health updated their fact sheets on adolescent healthy relationships, mental health, physical health, reproductive health, and substance abuse. These updated sheets enable visitors to see the health status of adolescents across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam. Visitors can browse the data using either the interactive map or the list of states. Find out how teens in your state fare in measures of health such as tobacco use, physical activity, and more!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

YWCHAC Alum, May Vutrapongvatana with Councilman Ben Kallos, 5th District and Co-Founder, Claire Simon (far right), Tracie Gardner, Legal Action Center (left) and staffer.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

YWCHAC Summer Update

YWCHAC spent the month of June spreading prevention messages to young women of color in NYC and to young women of color across the pond in London. 

I'M POSSIBLE a women's empowerment movement of London,  created by Simone Bresi-Ando sponsored a young women's empowerment day at local school in London. Kymsha Henry, Co-Director, facilitate a workshop on social influences via Skype.  The experience was both fun and enlightening on both sides of the pond.  

YWCHAC Alum, May Vutrapongvatana is spending her summer as an intern with Councilman Ben Kallos, 5th District focusing on the implementation of the city-wide mandate of sexual health classes for NYC public school students
(Kymsha Henry, supporter Dawn Skeete Walker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Claire Simon, Verneda White)
 YWCHAC Co Directors  with supporters and Sheryl Lee Ralph at the benefit performance, "Sometimes I Cry" at the Shomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, NYC
LOVE & POLITICS III was held at Suite 36 in NYC to a host of well over 500 guests and where the HIV testing initiative for young professionals of color mix and mingle.  This year's honorees were NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. 34th District-Brooklyn, US Congress Woman Yvette Clarke, Rapper/Entertainer-Doug E. Fresh, HIV/AIDS Activist-Hydeia Brodbent, TV Personality/Author Demetria Lucas.  YWCHAC serves on the planning committee.

Monday, May 19, 2014

An Evening wtih Sherly Lee Ralph 6.14.14

Sold Out

YWCHAC partners with
 Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit

to present An Evening of Empowerment with Sheryl Lee Ralph in a one-woman performance, “Sometimes I Cry,” to be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem, NY. “Sometimes I Cry” is a one-woman show, written and conceived by award winning actress and honored AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph. This moving and provocative show was inspired by the real life stories of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Ralph becomes each one of these characters, breathing life into them and their stories with every move and simple gesture.

This performance by Sheryl Lee Ralph, albeit presented through entertainment, shines light on a serious health issue that disproportionately affects communities of color and is essential to the Harlem community. Additionally the work aligns itself with Sister to Sister’s mission to “educate to empower” women of color. It is important to note, that although it has been reported that AIDS has remained stable in recent years, there’s an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections that continue to surface annually. The Center for Disease Control’s National Surveillance, continues to collect, analyze and provide information about new and existing cases of the HIV infection, including AIDS. Admission is $35 and includes show, reception, and gift, tickets and registration is available online by visiting

Media Partner: Black Celebrity

Friday, May 16, 2014

Be Young Be Brooklyn Be Safe 5.22.14

Join Us!
Free Swag, DJ, Free & Confidential HIV Testing
The Park by Prospect Hall HS & Clara Barton HS

Gospel Under The Stars 6.13.14 @Restoration Plaza

Rejoice & Learn
Health Resources, Free & Confidential HIV & Hep. C Testing, Raffles, & More

Friday, May 9, 2014

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Martin, J.A., Hamilton, B.E., & Ventura, S. J. (2013). Births: Final Data for 2012. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved January 21, 2014, from

Hamilton, B. E., Mathews, M. S., & Ventura, S. J. (2013). Declines in state teen birth rates by race and Hispanic origin. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved January

Friday, March 28, 2014

YWCHAC Community Survey

The members of YWCHAC have created a survey to get a better understanding of what young people know about their immediate communities. We hope that you can help us learn more about NYC and the needs of young people by taking our survey. Thank you.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

WE SPEAK BU brings Mardi Gras to Binghamton University...

Women Empowered  Support Protect Educate Advocate Know    Binghamton University


WE SPEAK BU is an alumni led & driven chapter of YWCHAC. SA Chartered in partnership with HHS Office of  Womens Health, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

Friday, February 7, 2014

Relationships in the Age of Technology

Sponsored by CAMBA, Junior Advisory Board of YWCHAC, NBLCA, b Condoms

Thursday, January 16, 2014



Power of My Parts -A Film Festival For Youth By Youth is committed to showcasing the best in independent cinema from our young talent. Our Power of My Parts -A Film Festival For Youth By Youth Shorts category features emerging young filmmakers work in narrative short films. Please note these films must be under 41 minutes.

The Film Festival has featured past Scenarios USA films written and co-directed by young people from around the country and award-winning directors.

If you have a short film that focuses on issues that young people face daily, send us a clip to Your short film could be featured at our 5th Annual Power of My Parts -A Film Festival for Youth By Youth in April 2014. Deadline is March 7, 2014.

To advance use independent films as teaching tools and create dialogue among young people about the issues that they face daily and to provide resources so that they can make informed decisions.  

Power of My Parts -A Film Festival For Youth By Youth  launched in 2010 welcomes numerous young filmmakers including most recently, Jordan Coleman, Mama Don't Play Productions and Jason Charles, Cinematic Empowerment (9 ½ Minutes).  While there are more than 1,000 film festivals worldwide, very few feature the work of aspiring young people under the age of 24 with a focus on social issues.

Power of My Parts -A Film Festival For Youth By Youth  is  much more than an annual event, the film festival supports the work that is done by YWCHAC which operates all year round to achieve the organization's mission of fostering the development of young women of color  in leadership, organizing and advocacy skills. The film festival provides a venue for exhibiting the skills that the young women in the program have learned as well as a vehicle to impart life-saving information that they can share with their peers, families and immediate communities.  

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Contact Kymsha Henry, Co-Director for ways you can be part of this amazing event.

ORGANIZERS: Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, Pixod, Sundree Brand Management, Cinematic Empowerment, Social Cinemas, LLC., HEAT Program, Project KISS, Montefiore Adolescent AIDS Program, Legal Action Center

Monday, January 13, 2014

Schooling Sex: A Community discussion on sex education in the NYC school system.


Guest Moderator Tracie Gardner with Guest Panelists Youth Activist Mister Louis G, Principal Mark Ossenheimer, Monica Rodriguez from SIECUS, Council Member Danny Dromm and Ace Robinson (GMHC)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Seasons Greetings 2013

Give the gift of voice! Your donation can help to empower young women who've yet to find their voices.
This is why #WE_SPEAK

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Look Back @ the Red Heels & Bow Ties World AIDS Day 2013

RED Heels & Bow Ties Guests @Bubble Lounge Tribeca
YWCHAC decor @ Bubble Lounge Tribeca

YWCHAC Alumni, Kim, Jody, Emma
Human Intonation Executive Director, Verndeda Whyte & Zena Mine

Love Heal Staff in the House

Thursday, December 5, 2013

WE SPEAK BU Play Raises HIV Awareness

National Prevention Information Network

WE SPEAK BU Play Raises HIV Awareness

The Binghamton University Pipe Dream recently reported that Women Empowered Support, Protect, Educate, Advocate, and Know at Binghamton University (WE SPEAK BU) in New York recently presented their third annual “HIV Positive Monologues” to spread HIV/AIDS awareness and educate students about prevention methods. Students performed the theatrical monologues, which followed the story of four characters whose lives were affected by HIV/AIDS. It included the story of a young woman who had to tell her boyfriend that she had been infected with HIV as a result of mother-to-child transmission, and that of a married man who resisted temptation to cheat on his wife after they had an argument. However, the wife only admitted to her own extramarital affair after she had infected both her newborn child and her husband with HIV. The performance emphasized the importance of prevention to the students.
Date of Publication
Sarah Novak
Article Type
General media
Article Category
News Briefs

Friday, November 8, 2013


YWCHAC was founded on the premise that, in order to address mission focused issues, we need to address issues of gender, racial, economic and social inequalities and its’ impact on HIV, teen pregnancy and young women of color. These issues are paramount in the lives of young women of color and it is important to include as a fundamental part of our discussions and in raising the awareness, young women provided with opportunities to affect change in their communities. The information and knowledge sharing raise awareness in communities and agencies to further develop programs, policy statements, and future funding priorities that include best practices.

According to the Guttmacher Institute report, Nation Pays Steep Price For High Rates Of Unintended Pregnancy (May 19, 2011), it costs NYS an average of $749 million in tax payer spending to support young women who have unintended pregnancies. The state-specific costs from new HIV diagnoses in 2009 for total lifetime treatment costs of HIV in NYS totals $1.7 million (CDC HIV Surveillance Report 2009, Vol. 21).

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