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YMAN Convenes First Ever Black Girls (EM) Power Retreat

Over 45 Black women from all over the country showed up to learn more about a proposed national fellowship YMAN is creating for young Black women and girls.


Co-Founder, Torie Weiston-Serdan and Youth Program Lead, Zyhana Bryant curated a special space of resources and rest over an August weekend in Laguna Beach, CA.


When our organization, the Youth Mentoring Action Network, opened its doors more than a decade ago, an intentional choice was made to operate from the baseline understanding that young people, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, must have the agency and input to decide how resources and services intended for them are allocated and delivered.


It was out of that same ethos that The Black Girls (EM)Power Fellowship was born, envisioned as an initiative to resource and reset the radical work of young Black women and girls from the ages of 15 to 25 through funding, providing access to an extensive network of Black women leaders. The fellowship will also create opportunities for rest and restoration to allow them time and space for regeneration and innovation.



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