FlowTech4Girls™ is a social and technology innovation program designed by Love Your Menses, Inc. and PearlLumi Creative in collaboration with Y.ENGAGE to introduce Black and Brown girls to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities, menstrual health education, youth organizing, and mentorship.
This program is currently being offered to Black and Brown girls ages 10-14 living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Each participant will have the opportunity to learn about puberty, the physiology of the menstrual cycle, and public health from women of color experts.
By the end of the program, girls will have gained menstrual health knowledge and skills facilitating health education workshops amongst their peers.
Girls will work with PearlLumi Creative to design a period mobile app. Participants will also learn the basics of coding and mobile app development.
By the end of Spring 2021, girls will have designed and published a functional and user-friendly period mobile app, which will be available on iOS and Android.
Girls will learn about youth organizing and receive leadership training from Y.ENGAGE.
By the end of the program, girls will have gained transferrable leadership skills and become menstrual equity leaders in their communities.
An integral part of FlowTech4Girls is mentorship. Throughout the program, girls will receive mentorship from women of color in medicine, public health, technology, and community organizing.
By the end of the program, girls will have built trusting relationships with mentors whom they can go to for support and guidance.
It is well known that cultural stigmas and lack of menstrual education can cause fear and shame globally for girls beginning their menstrual journey at menarche-occurrence of the first period. FlowTech4Girls participants will destigmatize menstrual health by designing a youth focused technology platform to educate, inform, support, and empower Black and Brown girls throughout their adolescent menstrual journey. In turn, the participants will be mentored and educated by Black and Brown women in technology, engineering, medicine, public health and community organizing.