Two of our Advice Project teen journalists in Bamenda, Cameroon.

On October 6th, Advice Project Media, Ltd. (the “Advice Project”) incorporated as an official not-for-profit organization in New York. I'm so excited!

The Advice Project is committed to publishing stories, articles, films, and other communications written and produced by teens and youth (over 70 percent girls), women, gender-non-conforming individuals, and indigenous peoples. These stories, some of which are shared on our online platform (www.adviceprojectmedia.org) and in other print, online, and media outlets, serve to educate readers and viewers about gender issues, indigenous peoples rights, climate change and environmental issues, and the conservation of forests and oceans. The purpose of sharing these stories, and the primary reason why the Advice Project is organized, is to lessen prejudice and discrimination against teens and youth, women, gender-non-binary individuals, and indigenous peoples through journalism and storytelling, and also to provide travel, education, and economic opportunities for our students.

Since early 2013, the Advice Project has offered free or sliding scale media and writing classes, workshops, and international leadership summits for hundreds of youth and women from the U.S.A., Guadeloupe, Cameroon, and Peru, and the organization has touched many thousands of lives via our online platform. In addition, our organization has partnered with many grassroots organizations to offer backend media support. We’ve developed curriculum and a methodology for teaching Advice Project students and other participants, and we are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished with limited financial and human resources.

Now that the Advice Project is incorporated, we are developing our first Board of Directors to govern our organization, and we are actively recruiting directors for appointment. The World Pulse community has been so inspiring to me - it was in this community where I first met Chi Yvonne Leina and Marie-claire N. Kuja, both of whom have become partners in Cameroon. So many of you have enriched, enlightened, and helped me to grow, and I can definitely credit reading so many of your personal stories as one of the inspirations behind me furthering my work with youth.

The enthusiasm and passion you demonstrate for your various projects and your commitment to women's issues is exactly what the Advice Project needs for our developing Board of Directors. A number of three-year board terms will be available beginning in January, 2017. In addition to passion, we're seeking directors to nominate who have not-for-profit board experience and/or business, entrepreneurial, grant writing, journalistic, media, or community experience, and a desire to "pay it forward" with what they have, know, or have access to. In addition, each prospective director should have at least two years’ experience either working directly with children and youth, parenting (or providing guardianship for) children and youth, and/or sitting on not-for-profit boards that work on behalf of children and youth.

The next several years promise to be exciting ones for the Advice Project. The organization will continue to have a positive impact on the communities we serve, and the Board of Directors will play a central role in this important work. Our board is in its initial phase of development, and directors will shape the direction, economic growth, and future of the entire organization! 

For more information about the Board of Directors, you can review the bylaws for the Advice Project here: http://www.adviceprojectmedia.com/bylaws

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to learn more about board responsibilities or if you'd like to be considered as a candidate for the Board of Directors.

With great excitement, and also with thanks to the World Pulse community!

Melissa