In addition to supporting all Chapter programming and activities, the Services to Youth Facet has undertaken programming for the 2021-2022 program year that focuses on Shaw University students. This focus connects facet programming with the Links organizations HBCU Initiative. Combatting Period Poverty is the facet program targeting female college students who lack the funds to purchase sanitary products causing some to miss classes and other activities threatening their student achievement. This is a serious female health issues not just for Shaw University students but is a national and global issue concerning female health.
In addition to providing monthly deliveries of products to the housing department for distribution to female students the Services To Youth facet, in collaboration with Student Affairs, has scheduled three webinars/programs on 1) understanding the issues of period poverty globally, nationally and for female students at Shaw University; 2) female reproductive health; and 3) identifying resources on campus and in Wake County where students can seek female reproductive health information and support. In furthering our efforts to support student achievement, the HBCU Initiative will offer four Class Act Awards in the amount of $250 each. These awards are scholarships to assist students with the purchase of books, supplies or other instructional materials.
Raleigh (NC) Chapter member and co-chair of our Service to Youth Facet, Dr. Flora Brown (left) delivers feminine hygiene products to Shaw University’s Director of Housing, Ms. Perry for the students on November 5, 2021. This is the second delivery of products as one was made in the Spring of 2021.
On October 11, 2021, our Health & Human Services Facet member, Joanne Pierce, answered the call when it was determined the students needed detergent. She delivered 100 bottles of liquid detergent with fabric softener to the students. Each bottle could wash six loads of clothing.