WHY NWNY

Mission statement

New Women New Yorkers believes in the vast potential that every young immigrant woman coming to New York has to contribute to our city, regardless of her national origin, cultural background, or educational level. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are fundamental.

Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse communities of young immigrant women we serve, the mission of New Women New Yorkers is:

  • To empower young immigrant women to get their first fulfilling job in the NYC workforce, or to pursue higher education;
  • To provide a safe, transformative space and community where young immigrant women can meet and network, support each other, and experience and demonstrate leadership;
  • To offer a platform where young immigrant women can tell their stories and express their voice, and thereby inform and raise public awareness.

 

What makes us unique

  • We serve young immigrant women from all countries of origin and cultural backgrounds

Nearly half of our participants last year were from Central and South America, almost a third from Asia, and others from a variety of countries in West Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • We welcome young immigrant women from all levels of education and English proficiency

Our participants all struggle securing their first job interviews and first job, while they are adjusting to a new life and foreign culture often with a limited support network. Central to our vision is to empower these young women to support and mentor each other, and take initiative and leadership.

 

Our impact

Through workforce development training, networking and community building,  and storytelling, we empower young immigrant women to negotiate the transition to their first fulfilling job in NYC or to higher education, to gain confidence, and to become agents of change in their communities.