We’re already midway through the winter session of The Advice Project classes – Time flies when you’re changing the world! Below is an update about each of our current classes, including our first ever international class in Bamenda, Cameroon!
Media, Writing, and Empowerment — Cameroon
Fomuso (center/back) and teen students in Bamenda, Cameroon
We’re entering our fifth week of classes in our first ever international class, and couldn’t be happier to report that our Cameroon Program Director, Fomuso Blessing Nabila, is not only meeting weekly with nine girls to teach them how to craft bylines and strong opinion editorial articles, but she is starting to submit drafts of their work for review! Student work includes articles by Gaelle Mambo, who is in the process of writing about how teen girls can communicate better with their parents, and Nji Schneider, who is tackling the difficult topic of the victimization of rape victims in Cameroon. Continue reading
The Advice Project’s first cross-cultural classes in Bamenda, Cameroon, and New York City, New York, would be impossible without a local program director to help organize and lead classes in Bamenda. We needed not only to hire a responsible woman to help run this program, but an individual who is from Cameroon, intimately understands her country’s culture and political climate, and has human rights experience working directly with girls and women.
We are very happy to announce that Fomosu Blessing Nabila is The Advice Project’s Cameroon Program Director. Blessing is the Country Director for Gender Danger, and she has worked as a support staff for several non-governmental organizations to offer peace-building services to women and children in her country. Continue reading
Photo: Gender Danger
The Advice Project’s First International Program
A year ago, The Advice Project started offering media, writing, and empowerment classes and workshops for teen girls and women living in New York City. These offerings have been enormously successful – we’ve helped girls to find their voices by giving them safe spaces to discuss difficult topics and by offering them opportunities to create applicable solutions to problems, and amplify their ideas through writing. We’re very proud of this work. Continue reading
Recently, The Advice Project’s Founder and Managing Editor sat down with Dr. Jessie Voigts from Wandering Educators to talk about international education, empowering young women, and our organization’s work with teens. This interview was posted to ED News Daily, an education site led by educator, writer, and artist, Robyn D. Shulman.
In the introduction to the interview, Dr. Voigts called The Advice Project: “The most important educational project for young women in the world today.”
We feel truly honored by these words, and vow to continue supporting teen girls and women around the world through education and the written word.
Please visit Ed News Daily to read the full interview.
The Advice Project is committed to bringing free media, empowerment, and writing classes and workshops to teen girls and women. Therefore, it’s with great pleasure that we announce a new fall class for teen girls 12 – 18 in New York City.
The Advice Project’s Media and Writing Class explores global issues that affect girls and women. Students will be given weekly readings to help expand their understanding of topics such as how climate change is affecting women, the media’s representation of girls, and gender equality. Continue reading
I’m Sorry. Photo: Leyram Odacrem
By: ANEVAY DARLINGTON
Standing on the subway as I headed home after a sleepover, my knees buckled from lack of sleep. Spotting a seat, I felt a wave of relief that soon turned to discomfort after I noticed that in the adjoining seat sat a man with his legs spread wide. I sighed, as I knew from experience that I would need to position myself in my seat with my knees locked or thighs crossed to allow myself enough room. Continue reading
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“What is this word, media?” whispered the girl sitting next to me.
I took a deep breath and looked into the expectant faces of seven pre-teen and teen Afghan-American girls surrounding me at the table at the beginning of our media workshop, then smiled and began a discussion about various forms of mass communication such as television, newspapers, film and music. I talked about how the voices of women and girls are grossly underrepresented in the media, yet how the bodies of women and girls are misrepresented. Continue reading
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Tagged Afghanistan, Elsa, Frozen, media, photoshop, stereotyping, teens, Women for Afghan Women, workshops, writing
“Mango” by Thor
By JULIA REAVES
A woman is gang raped and flung from a bus in India, Nigerian terrorists are stealing girls and honor killings are common. In the most recent atrocity to make the papers, two innocent girls from a rural village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state went to the fields to relieve themselves when a group of men surrounded, raped and strangled them to death before hanging their bodies from a mango tree. Continue reading
Photo by Danielle Helm
By ANEVAY DARLINGTON, New York
In a 2012 study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teen girls aged 12 – 17 have depression rates up to three times higher than teenage boys. No wonder. As an almost 13-year-old teen girl, I have experienced firsthand how society has told me that I need to be beautiful, and that to do so, I need to wear makeup, be skinny and shave my legs. It is clear to me that the media heavily affects the way teen girls perceive their own beauty and self-worth. Continue reading
Right before we needed to leave for her cello concert, my daughter came out wearing dark black jeans, a black shirt and combat boots. Her hair was unbrushed. “You look like a mess,” I could’ve said, but I bit my tongue and instead asked, “are you ready to go?” My daughter nodded, waiting for me to command her to first change her shoes and grab a hairbrush. Instead, I surprised both of us by saying, “Darling, you look great. Grab your cello. Allons-y!”