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Sheila G
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the project

We run Brownsville is a grassroots effort to encourage women who are living and working in Brownsville to take ownership of their physical, mental and emotional wellness. Runners will participate in an 8 week, walk to run program that will prepare them to complete a competitive 5K race. We Run Brownsville provides a safe, liberated and brave space for women of color to honor their individual and collective truths. In this, our third cohort, we have established an empathetic, non-judgmental support structure that sustains healthy life changes and considers barriers to a continuum of care through the lens of equity and social justice. We will hone existing advocacy skills and cultivate "active" activism in personal growth workshops and community conversations. Finally, We Run Brownsville will create a mini-documentary/PSA highlighting our successes as a way to promote strong resistance to a negative external narrative and celebrate our lived experience of empowerment and resilience.

We Run Brownsville because we should.

the steps

Ongoing Filming

Assemble Advisory and Implementation Team

Collaborative Pianning with Community Based Organizations and Local Agencies/Leaders

Conduct Outreach and Recruitment Drives

Orientation and First Practice ( take baseline measurements)

Begin Outdoor Training (3 times a week)

Utilize Online Support System

Bi-Monthly "SPA" Dates (Support/Problem Solve/Advocate)

Team Participates in 5K Run/Walk event

Edit Film

Assess/Analyze Data


why we're doing it

There is a widening disparity between wealthy and impoverished communities deeply impacting health outcomes. Brownsville, with the highest concentration of public housing in the nation and with 80% of of its residents experiencing deep, generational poverty, has a life expectancy that is 11 years less than its neighbors in the Financial District. According to NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, a person's health should not be determined by their zip code. Community members need to collaborate around solutions that are both reflective and respective of the place they call home. We Run Brownsville is solving an existing issue with an innovative twist on community building and relationship development in order to generate positive trends for WRB team members.


Disbursement budget (as of 10.10.16):

Thanks to the support of our donors we have additional $19.90 for our project. The additional funds will be added to the healthy snacks for the


RAISED = $5,463.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $158.10

Original Budget:

Food, Ice & Beverage $1,500.00   Snacks for participants during practices; Season End Celebration
Equipment Expense  $1,500.00   Stretch bands, jump ropes, weights, bull horn, cones, water bottles, yoga mats/slings, running pouches
Other Rental $500.00   Space to practice during inclement weather
Incentives $1,250.00   Sneakers for participants
Fund Raising Goal $5,250.00    

SUBTOTAL = 5,250
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $158



Thank You

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. Phylicia Rashad


We Run Brownsville says thank you to the believers, the motivators, the cheerleaders and the champions. We say thank you to the walkers, the runners, the one step at a time trekkers. We thank the community of Brownsville and the community of Good People-ville, and the forever residents of Dreams Do Come True. Finally, We Run Brownsville owes a deep debt of gratitude to the women who showered up ready to make magic happen.



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