International Women’s Health Coalition Kicks Off Young Visionaries Contest and Grant Opportunity
I have had a great deal of ideas to supplement my community’s activism when it comes to resources for women and youth and if my past ideas are any indicator of the future, I’m bound to have a lot more. Have I done much of anything to build upon any of these ideas? Well, not much, considering my income’s constraints, given the fact that I work from home and my partner is a musician and anyone within the arts community or knows anyone who is, knows damn well that people in the arts seldom collect a paycheck worth jumping for joy over. It is my estimation that while we are not at a loss for great ideas that would impact and benefit the people of our collective communities for the better, as a whole, we are at a loss of funds to make our ideas and dreams a concrete reality.
I was recently informed of a really great contest and grant opportunity headed by the International Women’s Health Coalition–Young Visionaries, aiming to help create lasting change in the world. Because they have been so inspired by the activism of young people and their unique visions for the future of sexual rights and reproductive health, they are encouraging youth to share their visions for young people and the future. From now until March 25, 2010 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 can share their visions for a just and healthy life, and get a chance to win a $1000 grant from the International Women’s Health Coalition to fund a project that works toward this vision.
You can nominate yourself by answering four questions about your vision. Five nominees will become finalists by a popular vote, afterward the International Women’s Health Coalition staff will select five more nominees after nominations close on March 25. To select the winner, guest judges including Marisa Viana-Aitchison, Ishita Chaudry, Mimi Melles, Jessica Valenti and Geoffrey Knox, will select the Grand Prize winner, who will be announced in early April.