Thursday, April 10, 2014

Women's History Month Presentations at Gardena High School

Although women of color have always played active roles in various fields such as politics, culture, medicine, literature, activism, etc. in this country and around the world, our contributions are not highlighted in mainstream media and textbooks as frequently as compared to (white) men. It is because of this constant erasure that leads to a lack of knowledge surrounding the works of many women of color that has led the young women at Gardena High School's Women's Leadership Project (WLP) to not only educate their peers on many unsung heroines and historical women, but to also celebrate their lives and works.

This past March 28th, various classes joined the young women of WLP in learning about the lives and contributions of inspiring women like Audre Lorde, Diane Nash, Paula Crisostomo and Malala Yousafzai. The lively presentations included facts on the lives and contributions of these women as well as a lively discussion on the myths and stereotypes surrounding the capabilities and interests of women in general. Overall, the presentations were an interactive success due to the leadership of the young women of Gardena High School's Women's Leadership Project.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Women's History Month Presentation: Friday, March 28th at Gardena High School

On Friday, March 28th, the young women of Gardena High School's Women's Leadership Project will highlight several historic women who are too often over-looked in mainstream media and many classrooms as well as link the significance of Women's History Month to the realities many women face. We invite you to take part in an enriching discussion!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Men of Color College Forum: #Collegenotprisons

On March 14th men of color college graduates, activists and entrepreneurs from South L.A. will join students from the Young Male Scholars pilot discuss the challenges of college access and success in an era of Black/Latino mass incarceration and school push-out policies:

Campaign for College Opportunity: In Silicon Valley, fount of American technological innovation, fewer than 25% of black and
Latino students successfully complete Algebra. Moreover, only 20% of Latinos and 22% of African-Americans “graduate with passing grades in the courses that are required” for admission to UC and Cal State universities.

Education Trust West: “Only one of every 20 African American kindergartners will graduate from a four-year California university if (these) current trends continue.”

Inside Higher Education: "In 2012 only 75 Black males enrolled at UCLA. UCLA currently has more NCAA championships than African American male students"

March 14, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Gardena High School library

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons: Women's History Month presentation

Friday, March 7, 2014
Washington Prep High School
Room 1306, 11:30am-12:30pm

Please join us for an insightful discussion with award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer and activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons. She will come to speak on her latest groundbreaking film "No! The Rape Documentary", which explores the reality of rape and other forms of sexual violence and healing in African-American communities.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Young Women of Color College Panel

Although record numbers of women of color are entering colleges and universities, persistent barriers still exist. Institutional factors such as massive cuts to K-16 education, limited-to-no access to college preparation courses, nonexistent college mentoring, high student-to-college counselor ratios, and sexual abuse hinder opportunities for youth of color (particular first generation college students) to go to and succeed in college. On January 30th, Gardena High School's WLP will hold its first Women of Color College Forum in 2014. WLP and Gardena HS alumni will discuss their experiences negotiating the college landscape as first generation students challenging stereotypes, low expectations, sexism, and access inequities.

Location: GHS Library, 2:15-3:30


Jamion Allen, (WLP '13), El Camino College
Betty Rosenda Green, UC Berkeley
Quinn Howard, CSU Fullerton
Janeth Silva, (WLP '12) El Camino College
Clay Wesley, (WLP '10) Southwest College

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thank You to Our Donors!!

A heartfelt thank you to all of the amazing donors who stepped up to support us for the 2013-2014 school year!
WLP presents for World AIDS week, December 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Who Defines black hair and Blackness?

By Marenda Kyle
As a little girl my mother braided my hair as way to stay in touch with my African-American roots. As someone who continued to wear and became fond of braid culture, seeing my peers bleaching and straightening their hair made me feel like an outcast.
In the January 2014 Big Holiday and Glamour Issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles & Care Guide, I was relieved to see the advertisement of a Braids and Natural Hair mini-magazine. However the Black Hair magazine’s definition of “black hair” was light and straight hair opposed to what real black hair is, which is braids and natural hair in the mini-magazine.
Who defines black hair and Blackness?
As I looked through the magazine I realized that most of the Black models and actresses were light-skinned with light hair. Most of the pages promoted weaves and chemicals to lighten and straighten hair. By these examples, the magazine is conveying the message that is what black hair is supposed to look like. I did come across a page that glorified braids, but that acceptance was short-lived because the next page had a light-skinned model advertising the KOEE Skin Lightening System. This holiday issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles & Hair Guide is telling black girls that if you want to be festive for the holidays, wear your hair like this and look like this.
I have now came to the realization that braids and natural hair are a thing of the past and if you want “glamorous” hair you have to straighten, bleach, or do anything it takes to achieve the desired European look. As a proud wearer of braids I encourage people to stick with what they have. To quote India Arie, “I am not my hair.”

Marenda Kyle is a 12th grader at Gardena High School. She has volunteered over 400 hours and is passionate about teaching individuals to love themselves.