Workforce development & networking

LEAD is a free program for young immigrant women that combines job readiness training, teamwork, and leadership development. Key goals are to support and prepare our participants for entry or reintegration into the workforce in NYC. We empower them to negotiate the transition to paying and fulfiling jobs, attain self-sufficiency, and achieve independence.

Since the launch of LEAD in 2015, we’ve run 12 series of the program for 130 young immigrant women, of which 88 graduated. The New York Public Library hosts LEAD series twice a year at the Mid-Manhattan and Chatham Square branches.

In December 2016 New Women New Yorkers launched LEAD for New Moms, a new version of LEAD specifically for young immigrant mothers, offering workforce development alongside free childcare sponsored by Project Playdate. Our first program was hosted by the YMCA on Staten Island.

Roundtable discussions with immigrant women professionals, mock interview sessions, and field visits of company offices are offered every month to LEAD participants, providing them with additional workforce development training and practice and opportunities to grow their professional network. Last year we held three roundtable discussions and two mock interviews, serving a total of 79 LEAD participants.


Interested in LEAD? Read more here, and sign up to enroll in one of our upcoming series 




Community building & storytelling 

New Women New Yorkers aims to offer a safe, transformative space for young women immigrants to meet and support each other, share their stories, and learn and speak up about the issues they care for. An additional objective of New Women New Yorkers’ community building and storytelling programs is to create public awareness and positive dialogue about immigrants in general, and about immigrant women in particular.

Our current community building and storytelling programming includes Meetups, field trips, our blog, a storytelling program with The Moth, and Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York.


Visit our blog and read more about Real People. Real Lives