Project V Inc., an innovative women’s empowerment organization, hosts their official launch party, this Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 3PM-6PM at La Maison d’Art, located at 259 W. 132nd St. in Harlem. The free event commemorating their first year of success, will feature mini forums co-sponsored by Project V Founder, Davisha Davis, La Femme Suite owner, Carmen Victorino and Life Coach and Relationship Expert, Abiola Abrams.
As a social media user who likes to be on the watch for the next big thing, Davisha Davis was concerned about how our youth, specifically girls, (and women as well) were using the Internet.
“Many of our young women are programmed to value all things media related and may feel forced to conform to the media’s standards rather than valuing themselves first.” remarked Davisha.
Davisha felt when it comes to social media, our youths are “living for the moment” and seemingly using it for exploitation. An example is the “Ratings” game, where young girls/women post their body shot in bra and panties and comments, good or bad, about the picture are reposted. Davisha stated “They are not realizing what’s in cyberspace is never going to be erased and available to teachers, colleges, future employers, etc. I want to convey to these girls that they do not have to degrade themselves on social media and that it can possibly affect their self-esteem. I felt the need to inspire people to become more conscious about what is happening on social media and in the media period.”
Davisha, who has worked with children for over 7 years desired to be a catalyst for change and founded Project V, a non-profit organization, targeting young woman 12-18. Project V’s mission is two-fold:
1) to heighten adolescent women’s awareness of the power of media and
2) to teach young women how to appreciate media objectively without it influencing their lives and perpetuating stereotypes.
Project V is a three-part program. The Media Program is themed workshops 6-8 weeks in Summer/Fall to encourage building confidence. The Mentorship program sets up the girls with a mentor for 11 weeks in the Spring and the Community Inclusion has the girls participating in various community service activities throughout the Winter months.
If you have a young woman who would like to join Project V or are interested in volunteering you can visit www.projectvinc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To RSVP for Saturday’s launch party, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-v-inc-launch-party-tickets-11284104059 to purchase tickets.