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Stephanie Younger (@BlaqueWomanist)

17-year-old Student, Organizer, Writer & Womanist

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My name is Stephanie. I am a 17-year-old student, organizer and writer who advocates for womanism, diversity in S.T.E.A.M, juvenile justice reform and gun violence prevention. You can keep up with me by following me on Instagram and Twitter.

Womanism & Diversity in S.T.E.A.M

After being discriminated against by a robotics team in early 2017, I starting participating in Girls Who Code Clubs, and within months, I was selected to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Girls Who Code's summer immersion program, which changed my life. After the immersion program, I gave back by helping launch a Girls Who Code Club in Richmond. “In recognition of excellent aptitude and interest in computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and future plans in the field of computer science,” I earned an award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. I also became a Girls Who Code alumni ambassador and had the opportunity to be part of their #TeamSisterhood campaign.

In response to the racism, I became outspoken about misogynoir, intersectionality, and womanism (Black feminism). I wrote an article spotlighting Black girls, women and non-binary people challenging the status quo in May of 2017. I decided to create the publication Black Feminist Collective, an intergenerational online collective of Black womanists and feminists who advocate for the liberation of all Black folks. After a year and a half, I decided to become the editor-in-chief, and began collecting, editing and publishing writings from other Black people.

After seeing Black folks experience police brutality on the news in 2016, I decided to become a youth leader at Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP), where I have helped other young folks apply non-violent conflict resolution to reduce gun violence and performed original spoken-word poetry in response to police brutality and white feminism. After performed my original spoken-word poem about police brutality, I was invited by the Afrikana Independent Film Festival to volunteer as a junior ambassador at a screening of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, and to meet Angela Davis, whose story inspired me at the age of 15 to contribute to Black Youth Project and to speak at the first annual Virginia Prison Reform Rally in 2018.

After I taking a class at VCU Arts Sculpture, I joined Art 180, where I was given a platform to express myself through sculpture, dance, improv, poetry, paintings, creative writing and self portraits. Most recently, my mixed-media piece was included in a Virginia Museum of History & Culture exhibition. In partnership with Art 180, the first march I ever helped coordinate was with RISE For Youth. It was there that I became an organizer who makes an effort to create a community that fully invests in youth instead of youth incarceration.

Shortly after organizing and speaking about the significance of inclusivity in conversations about science and climate change at a rally in Richmond , I began working with the Virginia Youth Climate Strike as a regional organizer.

Events & Campaigns I've Partnered With, Endorsed and Helped Organize


Writing


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