I have had the absolute pleasure of working and collaborating with the Young Women’s Empowerment Project for over one year now. They have some final costs to push thru the last 5% of their fundraising goal.
While it is intensely saddening to see such an important asset to Chicago, and the world, phase out of their 501c3 status, their work, values, and legacy will live on.
SIGNAL BOOST PLEASE!
After more than 12 years of movement building, research, leadership development, and life-changing social justice organizing, the Young Women’s Empowerment Project is closing our doors.
Our work will live on…
**Our campaign called Street Youth Rise Up- will keep going and be lead by our Chicago Youth Task Force with support from Dominique McKinney,
**Our weekly meeting for youth in the sex trade will be housed at the Broadway Youth Center and lead by our current staff
**Our Syringe Exchange called Sexxy will also have a home in Chicago and continue to be run by YWEP leaders.
But! Our staff members will move to new challenges (like attending college, working with animals, or starting and developing businesses).
We started and continued to build YWEP because we know
that young people in the sex trade deserve a spot at the table where decisions are made about our lives. That’s still true.
As we’ve told people about this, lots of you have shared our grief at the loss of such revolutionary and incomparable work. It’s hard to officially end something that is so special and important.
We started this fundraising campaign because we want to provide financial support to our staff as they move forward, because we believe in them and are excited about what they are going to do.
If you’ve met any of the people that work for YWEP, you know that they are astonishingly talented people. Work with us to help them to move on to new things in a way that reflects the incredible power and meaning of what they’ve accomplished.
We are also holding a gathering during the weekend of August 9-11, 2013 in Chicago. Cara Page, our trusted adult ally, will be facilitating a weekend of healing, documentation and ceremony to honor the last decade of work and to launch the future work of our employees and membership.
These funds will also go to: bringing former members to the gathering, paying for food, paying for our storytelling project, bringing allies from across the country to the gathering and documenting the legacy of the work our young people have created.
Any donation that is meaningful to you would mean just as much to us.