Challenges & Needs of African-American Girls in NYC & Strategies for Making a Difference

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 -
8:30am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Members concerned with issues affecting women and girls; youth; poverty; and minorities.   


Join Philanthropy New York Funders of Women & Girls for a briefing and dialogue on the recently released report, “Black Girls in New York City: Untold Strength & Resilience,” commissioned by the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s Black Women for Black Girls Giving Circle and researched and written by Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Dr. Jones-DeWeever, also Director of the Research, Public Policy and Information Center for African-American Women at the National Council of Negro Women, is a highly sought-after speaker whose policy perspectives have been distributed through a variety of media outlets including CNN, ABC News Now, National Public Radio, BBC Radio International and the New York Times.  She will share the report’s findings, which highlight the challenges facing girls of African descent in New York City as well as their unique strengths, triumphs, and modes of survival. 
She will also present the study’s call to action: recommendations for how the prevailing issues impacting the lives of African-American girls in NYC, including socioeconomic status and poverty, exposure to violence, educational issues, and the disproportionate impact of HIV, can be addressed by communities and funders during a time of great need.
Rev. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund-New York, and Sharon Cohen, Executive Director of Figure Skating in Harlem, will offer their responses to the report and share their experiences working with girls in New York City.  Kanyere Eaton, Executive Director of the Sister Fund, will moderate.  Join us to learn from the latest research on this topic, pose questions, and engage in a discussion about making an impact.
Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for the presenters in advance to  They will be compiled and presented to the speakers prior to the meeting to help shape their presentations and the conversation to follow. 


  • Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., Director of the Research, Public Policy and Information Center for African-American Women, National Council of Negro Women and Affiliate Scholar, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Rev. Emma Jordan-Simpson (discussant), Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund-New York
  • Sharon Cohen (discussant), Executive Director, Figure Skating in Harlem
  • Kanyere Eaton (moderator), Executive Director, The Sister Fund
Philanthropy New York Funders of Women and Girls is a professional peer network for funders whose grantmaking includes a substantial focus on improving the lives of women and girls in New York.  The network – comprised of executive directors and senior program officers –meets quarterly to give participants an opportunity to connect with colleagues in person, learn from each others’ knowledge and experience, and discuss topics of interest in a confidential setting.
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