the homegirl project
A political training incubator. A hub for self-expression. A mentorship community. A revolution.
Homegirl Project is a youth-led organization that empowers the next generation of girls and non-binary youth of color to become leaders, innovators, storytellers, and changemakers in our communities. We don't just want a seat at the table where decisions are made -- we want to build our own table, one that's big enough for us all.
Our mission is simple: Homegirl Project aims to create a national culture where girls of color are amplified, mentored, and prepared to lead change. In order to do that, we disrupt harmful narratives around girls of color, foster intergenerational solidarity, and develop girls' capacity for long-term leadership. Because by ourselves, we're a one-person show. But with our Homegirls? We're a movement.
You can't be what you can't see, and people of color are historically under-represented in positions of power. Our blog, GirlTalk, features 100+ interviews and essays about inspiring WOC. By illuminating WOC and their contributions to politics, culture, and society, we disrupt and reclaim narratives about who gets to create change.
WOC in the workforce suffer from lack of quality mentorship, as well as enforced competition between us. We want to build more seats at the table, so we launched #Homegirl Ambassadors: an online, inter-generational mentorship program. We've matched 45 girls with professionals in their career fields, sparking inspiration and life-long relationships.
We often hear that 'girls are the future,' but we believe girls are the present. Homegirl Fellows builds political leadership capacity in girls, empowering them to mobilize their communities around civic engagement. We select and train 10 Fellows per semester in advocacy skills, helping them execute a Political Action Project project serving marginalized communities.
young people to the front.
Young people are often excluded from mainstream feminist movements and underrepresented in political leadership. Since young WOC are the future, we created a space by young people, for young people. While our approach is intergenerational—most of our mentors are adults—our driving force is the energy of youth who are seeking a better world.
WOC are not a monolith, and we don't believe in a 'one size fits all' approach to leadership. Instead, our team spans national and international boundaries, consciously amplifying individuals who don't normally get amplified, including youth and emerging creators. Our (virtual) doors are open to all WOC—cis/het not required.
our stories, our voices.
Behind every womxn, there's a community of Homegirls who support her, mentor her, and root for her success. We're here to tell stories on our terms, even if they've traditionally been stereotyped, erased, or appropriated by mainstream media. There's two sides to every story. That's why, for every womxn we interview, we publish two stories—one in our words, and one in hers.
Seventeen-year-old activist Malavika Kannan was tired of girls being called the b-word. And the s-word, and the d-word, and every other slur that society hurls at girls of color. In contrast, she loved the slang term 'Homegirl,' used by girls to support other girls. She translated this into a national movement promoting solidarity, mentorship, and inclusivity between girls of color. Founded in 2018, Homegirl Project was a blog focusing on the age-old tradition of intergenerational storytelling, aiming to educate the world about the stories of WOC. Soon-to-be a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Homegirl Project now offers an annual mentorship program, community-sourced resource network, and political fellowship program. A grassroots movement that’s grown solely through word-of-mouth, the Homegirl Project has mentored 50+ girls, told 100 stories, and incorporated 2000 members into our network. And we're just getting started.