On the last day of Women’s History Month
Our 12th Grade Young Women’s Youth Empowerment Leadership Community (YELC)participated in an epic evening in celebration of women!
Following the after-school session, the group went out to dinner at Congee Village, a vibrant family style Chinese restaurant located on the Lower East Side. The girls tried foods they had never tasted before and enjoyed breaking bread together out on the town in style.
Following the meal, we attended the closing night of the Arrivals/Departures Art Show hosted by Project Reach in Chinatown. The art show curated by Leilani Montes (Guatemalan-Mexican) and Ninotchka Rosca (Filipina), focused on Women’s Experience of Migration under Globalization and brought together the aesthetics and community engagement of eleven visual artists, one performance artist, one filmmaker and one writer in an unprecedented trans-ethnic event. All the contributing artists were women of color.
Following the show, we went to the Bowery Poetry Club for “Women of Words,” a fund raising event to benefit Community of Unity’s Young Women’s YELC. Not only was it exciting to be around such amazing female singers, poets and emcees, but Jerusha Romaine, one of our young women, made her poetry debut on the Bowery Poetry stage. Jerusha took the mic to recite a poem she wrote in honor of her leadership sisters. Her performance was met by amazing applause.
While we got home a littletoo late for a school night (oops!), a celebratory night was had by all.
Congrats to the Young Women of the YELC who will graduate in 2 months!