Yes We Can: Girls Take Back Their Education

Brooklyn Girls Collaborative 2012 Summit

Yes She Can & We Did!

WHO:        Girls and young women ages 12 – 20

WHAT:       A fun-filled day of interactive workshops, activities, performances, and a town-hall

                  discussion with elected officials surrounding the issue of equity in education!

WHERE:    The Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women

WHEN:       August 17, 2012

WHY:         Learn, connect, and share your voice with other New York girls and women!

Participating Organizations

The day would not have been a success without the amazing partner organizations who participated! Special thanks goes out to these strong, smart, & bold organizations!



Girls for Gender Equity

The Center for Anti-Violence Education

Realize Your Beauty

The Resilience Advocacy Project

viBe Theater Experience


North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Center


Ali Forney Center

NYC Great Debaters

Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition

A Young Mother's D.R.E.A.M.

Scenarios USA


Urban Word NYC

Haitian-American Community Coalition, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Greater New York

Brooklyn Cooperative Credit Union

Brooklyn Public Library 

Year Up NYC 


Highlights from the Day



DJ Francella welcomed guests with girl empowering beats!

Keynote speakers Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar from SPARK, a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in the media.




  Engaging Workshops




  Interactive Panel



Special thanks to our amazing panelists:

Department of Youth & Community Development Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav

Assemblywoman Annette M. Robinson

District Legislative & Budget Director for Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras Annie Meredith

Civil Engineer, high school mentor, weekly radio show host, & feminist blogger Patricia Valoy

Professor & Co-Founder of New York Collective of Radical Educators Ariana Mangual

Student, youth leader for Girls for Gedner Equity & Sexual Health Peer Educator Natasha Adams

Get Connected

To learn more about how you can become part of the Brooklyn Girls Collaborative contact Toni Armstrong at


The Brooklyn Girls Collaborative is made possible through generous funding from the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the Schott Foundation.Special thanks to the YWCA of Brooklyn for hosting our meetings all year!