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Dara Wilk & Olivia Jenkinson: What is Period Poverty?


Dara, who has been Period.'s Director since 2018, is recognized as a reliable, effective communicator and connector who employs a values-driven, team-oriented leadership approach to her work. Dara is constantly inspired by the youth leaders she is lucky to work with on a daily basis, who are working in their communities to fight for equity and inclusion whether that is around period poverty or racial justice.  

Dara will be presenting with Olivia Jenkinson, the orgnization's Service Associate and recent Reed College graduate.

In school, most students are taught more about the biology of frogs than the human female. Nearly 1 in 4 students have struggled to afford period products in the United States – and 51% of students have worn period products for longer than recommended. 

PERIOD. is a global youth-powered nonprofit organization that strives to eradicate period poverty and stigma through advocacy, education, and service. Through hundreds of chapters around the world, the organization distributes period products to those in need, creates menstrual health education resources, and equips youth activists to advocate for systemic policy change.


Please join us in welcoming Dara and Olivia to discuss Period.'s work, as well as the the latest related studies, including:

  • The state of period poverty in the U.S.

  • Its impact on lower-incorme students and mental health.

Jenny Clark: Building a Better Future with Womens' Empowerment


Did you know that just 1.9% of all donations make it to organizations dedicated to women and girls? 


WECO’s (Women Empowerment Coalition) mission is to connect vetted grassroots initiatives to much-needed resources and volunteers, to invest in women who are invested in their communities. With projects in Cambodia, Peru, India, and Costa Rica, our vision is to live in a world where women and girls have equal opportunities to succeed. To work towards these goals, we:

  • Connect vetted grassroots initiatives to catalyze local efforts and build local infrastructures. 

  • Support these initiatives to create positive change from the ground up.

  • Address gender equity beyond projects on a larger scale. 


Please join us for our April meeting to meet Jenny, find out more about WECO, and learn how to get involved. You can also check out the following links:


Volunteer intake form
Youtube channel
2023 Costa Rica site visit video
2023 Cambodia site visit video

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Libra Forde has a just heart and finds joy in fighting for our now in ways that will make improvements beyond our existence.

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