The Other Side visits schools and partners with community groups around New York City and abroad for in-school and after school programs. Here are some of the organizations we work with:
Harlem Village Academy West, Harlem, New York City, USA
Harlem Village Academies are a community of educators in Harlem, working to revolutionize public education in our nation by building a K-12 public school district and an educators’ institute, based on the ideals of progressive pedagogy. In this community, there are many strong women in these families, but in most cases, there is not a tradition of education and career-focused female role models. Students are at-risk for diminished expectations; many define success in terms of relationships with strong partners, rather than looking inward and identifying personal qualities that lead them toward achievement and satisfaction. This can put them at odds with other girls, whom they may see as rivals, rather than as allies. They can miss out on the support that comes from a sense connection to other girls.
WHEDco (The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), South Bronx, New York City, USA
WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Engaging the mind, body and artistic spirit of the youth
All children deserve a quality education and access to academic resources . WHEDco reaches over 1000 students annually through youth development programs that provide educational and cultural opportunities and empower students to think critically, make smart career choices, and contribute responsibly as leaders in their community.
The Other Side is providing workshops through Project STEP (Students Toward Educational Promise), where 125 middle school students (grades 6-8) engage in service learning to develop a sense of social responsibility and civic engagement. Project STEP empowers students to make their own decisions about their education, through one-on-one guidance through the NYC high school application process, introductions to a wide array of high-performing public, private and parochial high schools, and preparation for high school entrance exams.
Napela, INC, Park Hill, Staten Island, New York City, USA
is a Liberian immigrant community in Staten Island committed to the improvement and empowerment of immigrant women and their families through the creation of culturally sensitive programs.
The Other Side runs a summer camp for two weeks in August each summer with girls aged 8-15 who are a part of the Napela and Park Hill community.
Pardada-Pardadi Educational Society, Anupshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India
*The Other Side flagship partner*
The portion of our program that operates at Pardada-Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) in Anupsharhr, Uttar Pradesh, India supplements the mission of this school, to empower girls to end the cycle of poverty.
Through value-based education, vocational training, and the guarantee of a job working for the school upon graduation, PPES ensures that its students emerge among the most capable and respected members of their community, empowered to break the cycle of gender-bias against women in their community, their country, and beyond.
To learn more or make a donation to their organization, check out their website
Bhagwati Sarla Paliwal Education Society Jattari, Uttar Pradesh, India
BSP’s mission is to empower girls to be resourceful and independent, and in control of their destiny. We provide girls with broader knowledge, variety of skills, computer and technical education, so they can be employed and support their families.
PolyCom Development Project, Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
Polycom Development Project was created in response to the sexual violence and exploitation faced by young girls in Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi. They strive to help girls understand that they need to take care of their bodies until they are ready to share themselves with someone. Polycom educates girls to understand themselves and make informed decisions concerning their lives, particularly their bodies. They work with 15 schools to reach out to adolescent girls and 5 organized groups to reach out to girls who are not in school. They summarize their work using one word, “G-PENDE” (which means to love yourself). Their mission is to promote self-worthiness and appreciation amongst girls.