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The New York City Council wants to know what kind of services or support you need to be successful.

Use #SheWillBe to tell us how we can help you be who you want to be!


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“#SheWillBe a Priority! What do #YWOC of #NYC want & need to thrive? Read YWI Report:”

About the Young Women’s Initiative

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council launched the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) to identify the gaps in services for young women age 12-24, with a focus on women of color. The YWI brings together leaders and organizers who work with teens and young adults and advocate for them in all aspects of our society, with the goal of crafting policy recommendations that address racial, gender and other disparities. This is being done with young women at the center of the conversations—as active and consistent participants in discussions and through a multiplatform campaign, #SheWillBe—to hear directly from them.

More Information (press release)

We are pleased to announce that the YWI Advisory Committee will be co-chaired by
Danielle Moss Lee
and Carol Robles-Román,
both of whom were invaluable to the success of YWI in its first phase.

A note from the Speaker…

Dear Young Women,

My mother raised me to respect and defend the rights of women. I’m passionate about equity for girls and women, and I’m committed to making sure our City does better by you. It’s the right thing to do and it’s a matter of justice. You are the future leaders, workers, artists, and entrepreneurs of New York. So an investment in your success is an investment in this place we call home.

As Speaker, I represent the entire City Council but my roots are in El Barrio/East Harlem, where girls like you are planning and trying to live their dreams. I’ve worked closely with some of the young women in my district and I know there are lots of pressures—teen pregnancy, concerns about safety or immigration status, unequal access to quality schools and opportunities, questions about identity, and the stresses of living in households that are barely making ends meet.

Now, it’s time for us to work together. Please tell my colleagues and me, who are here to serve New Yorkers like you, what kind of services and support you need to make life easier and help you reach your goals. We’re listening, and we’re ready to take action.



Melissa Mark-Viverito
Speaker of the New York City Council

Working Groups

The New York City Council convened stakeholders across the City, including but not limited to community-based organizations, advocates, policy experts, and young women themselves. Together they made recommendations to secure the futures of women and girls across the five boroughs.

  • Steering Committee:
  • Rukia Lumumba
  • Lisa O’Connor
  • Andrea Ritchie
  • Lindsay Rosenthal
  • Dillona Lewis
  • Kimberle Crenshaw
  • Stephanie Gendell
  • Angie Kamath
  • Alicia Guevara
  • Octavia Lewis
  • Dr. Angela Diaz
  • Maya Wiley
  • Lilliam Barrios-Paoli
  • Joanne N. Smith
  • Ana Oliveira
  • Danielle Moss Lee
  • Opal Tometi
  • Samantha Levine
  • Heather McGee (Lucy Mayo)
  • Jennifer Jones-Austin
  • Carol Robles-Roman
  • Miriam Yeung
  • Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas
  • Monique Morris
  • Laurie Cumbo
  • Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
  • Darlene Mealy
  • Elizabeth Crowley
  • Azadeh Khalili
  • Gloria Malone
  • Amanda Matos
  • Helen Rosenthal
  • Cherno Biko

  • 5 Borough Chamber of Commerce Coalition
  • A Better Balance
  • Achievement First
  • ACLU
  • Administration
  • Advocates for Children
  • Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council
  • African American Policy Forum
  • AncientSong Doula Services
  • Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Black Women’s Blueprint
  • Bronx Defenders
  • Brooklyn Movement Center
  • Buzzfeed
  • Caribbean Women’s Health Association
  • Center for Frontline Retail
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
  • Children’s Aid Society
  • Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc.
  • Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
  • Columbia Law School
  • Columbia University
  • Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
  • Community Health Care Network
  • Community Service Society
  • Community Solutions
  • Comunilife
  • Correctional Association of New York
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • CUNY Public Science Project
  • CUNY NYC Labor Market Information Service
  • CUNY Womens Centers
  • Department of Education PS 56
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Ebony
  • Equal Rights Advocates
  • Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Girl Scouts of Greater New York
  • GMHC
  • Good Jobs New York
  • Green City Force
  • Greenhope
  • Hetrick Martin Institute
  • Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women
  • Jobs First NYC
  • L.O.V.E. (Latinas on the Verge of Excellence)
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Legal Momentum
  • LGBT Center
  • Little Red School House
  • Long Island University
  • Love Heals
  • Make the Road New York
  • MDRC
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Michigan State University
  • Mott Hall Bridges Academy
  • Mt. Sinai Adolescent Clinic
  • Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center
  • MXGM
  • National Academy of Medicine
  • National Action Network
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
  • National Black Women’s Justice Institute, Inc.
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • National Institute for Reproductive Health
  • National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • NEW (Non-traditional Employment for Women)
  • New Economy Project
  • NYC Anti-Violence Project
  • NYC Coalition for Reproductive Justice
  • New York Civil Liberties Union
  • New York University
  • New York Urban League
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • NYC Employment & Training Coalition
  • NYS Afterschool Network
  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
  • Partnership for NYC
  • Per Scholas
  • Planned Parenthood of NYC
  • PowerPlay NYC
  • Race Forward
  • Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
  • Safety Net Project, Urban Justice Center
  • Seedco
  • Silberman School of Social Work
  • Single Stop
  • Soros Justice Fellow
  • Soul Sisters
  • SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action)
  • TeenMomNYC
  • The Black Institute
  • The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
  • The Door
  • The New York Academy of Medicine
  • The Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
  • United Neighborhood Houses
  • Urban Arts Partnership
  • Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice
  • Vera Institute & Clinical Psychologist
  • Violence Intervention Program
  • Voices Unbroken
  • Welfare Right Initiative
  • WHEDCo
  • WomanHOOD Project
  • Women’s Prison Association
  • Women’s Sports Foundation
  • Women’s City Club of New York
  • Women’s Venture Fund
  • Year Up
  • YMCA of Greater New York
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network
  • Youth Represent
  • YWCA Brooklyn