Leadership Development

SistahSpeak! Youth Project: The SistahSpeak! Youth Project!™ (SYP!) provides sexual and reproductive health education, mentoring and community organizing opportunities for Black girls in grades 8-12. Participants learn life skills, attend arts and cultural activities and teach other young Black girls about reproductive justice and human rights. SYP! creates  a safe space, that is trauma informed and youth centered, to celebrate and affirm the beauty, power and resilience of black girls

Environmental Justice Project: New Voices is developing the next generation of Environmental Justice leaders through the Environmental Justice Project! The Environmental Justice Project (EJP) is our collective work to connect our health and environment and the intersection of Racial Justice, Gender Justice and Reproductive Justice. Our primary efforts include our Kinks, Locks & Twists ConferenceTM happening in 2019 in Philadelphia, policy advocacy and community organizing, public education and two leadership programs, the Environmental Justice Leadership NetworkTM (EJLN) and the Environmental Justice ExchangeTM (EJEx).

Patients to Advocates: PTA is a paid civic engagement, leadership development fellowship for people who have had an abortion. Recognizing that advocacy is often a privilege and participation in a fellowship is often reserved for those in academia, the program is structured to provide participants a comprehensive understanding of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements; equitable advocacy opportunities; and tools to help participants identify elements of their abortion story with correlating policies.

Community Organizing

Voice Your Vote: Integrated voter engagement program, working to normalize voting in the Black community by increasing the turnout of Black women ages 18-49 in Allegheny County in every election. New Voices was founded on the principle of civic engagement and has engaged Black women in every Presidential Election since we began. This program makes 40,000 contacts each year and employs 45 part-time workers who phone bank and canvass. New Voices is building voting power!

#ThisBlackBody: We believe Black women, femmes, girls and folx in Pittsburgh have been articulating the disparities that the report affirms since 2004 when our movement for #ReproJustice began in the Rust Belt. #ThisBlackBody is a campaign that New Voices for Reproductive Justice created earlier this year to address the health and well-being of Black communities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. To join us for the first #ThisBlackBody campaign meetup in Pittsburgh, email us your contact information at thisblackbody@newvoicespittsburgh.org.

Social Justice Rapid Response Fund: In February 2019, New Voices for Reproductive Justice and The Pittsburgh Foundation launched the Social Justice Rapid Response Fund. The fund will award approximately 40 grants, up to $2,500, to organizations and individuals addressing social justice issues in marginalized communities across Allegheny County. The grants will fund grassroots advocacy, mobilization, healing efforts and/or community education that address racial/ethnic, gender/gender identity or economic inequities. The fund will award up to $100,000. Of this, $75,000 provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation will fund work led by and centering people most directly impacted by the social injustices and $25,000 provided by New Voices will more specifically fund activism and community organizing led by and centering Black women, femmes and girls and/or focused on reproductive justice.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply or to learn more about the Social Justice Rapid Response Fund, visit www.socialjusticerrf.org. This is groundbreaking for The Pittsburgh Foundation to work in partnership with Black women to move monetary resources to the social justice movement — a movement New Voices has supported and helped build for the past 15 years. But it’s not just about raising money. It’s about raising diverse voices, raising strong leaders and raising the bar on equity in our communities. ~ La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice.