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Oct 28 2013

Save the Women’s Leadership Project

WLP scholarship winners

WLP scholarship winners

WLP is in jeopardy of being discontinued at the end of this year due to the expiration of its L.A. County funding and the lack of prioritization of grassroots work with girls of color.

Using a feminist humanist curriculum, WLP trains young women of color high school students to do peer education outreach on violence prevention, reproductive justice, HIV/AIDS education, LGBTQ equality, undocumented youth advocacy and sexual assault awareness. The majority of our students are first generation (first in the family) college students and the WLP college prep curriculum sends girls of color to four year colleges and universities at above average rates. For example, the four-year college going rate at partner school Gardena High School is approximately 20%.  WLP’s four year rate is over 90% and it is the only program for girls of color in the Los Angeles Unified school district that explicitly addresses the relationship between organized religion, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and heterosexism.

Further, at 8.7% of L.A. County’s population, African American youth and adults are 40% of its prison population, with more and more Black girls being pipelined into prisons.

If you care about quality programming around violence prevention, college preparation, feminist-humanist leadership development, undocumented youth advocacy and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ students please support the WLP by making a donation today and spreading the word.

WLP in the classroom

WLP in the classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. 1
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I’m thinking of you.

    Currently my student loans have not come in – 2.5 months late. Argh. But if I had money, I would pass some on. I hope to do just that soon enough.

    1. 1.1
      blackskeptics

      Thanks, CD. That’s lovely and greatly appreciated. Having been there myself (and still paying them off after all these years) I know it’s no picnic.

  2. 2
    biogeo

    Gave what I could. I wish it were more!

    1. 2.1
      blackskeptics

      Much appreciated!!

  3. 3
    elly

    Donated!

    For example, the four-year college going rate at partner school Gardena High School is approximately 20%. WLP’s four year rate is over 90%…

    That is a tremendous achievement. It’s the sort of thing that I wish the so-called “school reform” movement would focus on, rather than canned curricula, standardized tests and technological patches.

    1. 3.1
      blackskeptics

      “It’s the sort of thing that I wish the so-called “school reform” movement would focus on, rather than canned curricula, standardized tests and technological patches.”

      Indeed, which is why we are fighting now to keep this program alive despite its “measurables”. The neo-lib school reform charter/privatization juggernaut is decimating local public schools here.

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    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    Donated. Looks like a fantastic programme that does a lot of good for a lot of enthusiastic young women.

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