Girls and Young Women 

The New York City Department of Education works to build gender equity through policy, practice, and partnerships with community-based organizations.

 Our policy is to offer a safe and supportive school environment for all students free from harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying and free from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight.

 If you have questions about gender equity in schools, contact Gender Equity Coordinator Kimberly Shannon at kshannon@schools.nyc.gov

DOE Resources

NYC GREAT! offers programming and mentoring in college and career readiness for high school girls. Read our Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines to find more resources for parents, students and educators on supporting transgender individuals. The Respect for All program lists our policies that further define and prohibit bullying and sexual harassment in our school communities. 

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Outside Resources

Below is a list of programs whose work is geared toward girls and young women in New York City. Know of another group? Please email Kimberly Shannon at kshannon@schools.nyc.gov

  • Bella Abzug Leadership Institute offers mentorship, leadership training, and debate training for girls ages 13-24.
  • Black Girls Code offers programming and events in coding for African American girls.
  • Brotherhood/Sister Sol offers afterschool and summer programming in relationship-building, self/global awareness, social justice, leadership development, and more. Some of their programs are gender-specific.
  • ChickTech offers programming and mentorship in STEM for high school girls.
  • Curious Jane offers classes and summer programming in science, theatre, arts and crafts, and more for girls.
  • Digital Girl, Inc. works at high schools to provide programming in STEM and offers tech workshops for the community.
  • Girl Be Heard works in high schools to teach girls about gender, race, and class through theatre, and offers workshops and performances.
  • Girl Vow offers education, mentorship, advocacy, and life skills training for girls.
  • Girls for Gender Equity offers programming in community advocacy, leadership, and social justice for girls.
  • Girls Inc. offers programming in statistical analysis, economic literacy, leadership and community action, STEM, media literacy, athletics, sexual health education, substance abuse prevention, self-defense, and more for girls ages 6-18.
  • Girls Leadership offers Parent and Daughter workshops, parent education, and summer day camps for girls entering grades 4 and 5.
  • Girls on the Run offers a physical activity based youth development program for girls in grades 3-8.
  • Girls Who Code offers afterschool and summer programming in coding for middle and high school girls.
  • Girls Write Now offers mentoring programs in writing, digital media, and college preparation for girls.
  • GOALS for Girls offers year-round programming, a summer intensive, weekend forums, and internships in STEM for middle and high school girls.
  • LOVE Mentoring works at high schools to deliver small-group mentoring for young Latinas.
  • Life is Precious offers individual and group counseling, arts therapy, academic support, and nutritional and fitness activities to prevent suicide among young Latinas.
  • Lower Eastside Girls Club provides programming in STEM, business, art, leadership, and advocacy, as well as mentoring for girls in grades 6-12.
  • NYU GSTEM is a six-week summer program for high school girls during the summer between their junior and senior years who have high aptitude in STEM subjects.
  • Powerplay NYC works in elementary, middle, and high schools to offer afterschool programming in physical activity and healthy living.
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project provides afterschool and summer programming in leadership and social justice for girls ages 14-22.
  • Soul Sisters Leadership Collective works in schools to offer workshops to explore issues faced by young women of color.
  • Vibe Theatre Experience offers theatre and media programming for girls ages 13-19.
  • Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls offers afterschool and summer music programming for girls.
  • YWCA provides programming in leadership and advocacy, STEAM, career and college exploration, and more for girls.
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