Meet The Brave House!
What We Do
The Brave House supports young immigrant women and gender-expansive youth, ages 16-24, in New York City, with a focus on those who are survivors of gender-based violence. We welcome youth who identify as female as well as those who are gender-non-conforming, transgender, or non-binary.
We provide free legal support, community space, and holistic services, including art class, meditation workshops, English lessons, self-defense class, dance, career advising, college visits, mentorship and much more.
As the first and only non-profit in NYC to work specifically with young immigrant women and gender-expansive youth, the Brave House is able to provide tailored services designed for this population. This focus helps facilitate a cohesive community, specialized legal strategies, and impactful events.
We distinguish ourselves from other non-profits because the youth we work with co-create, lead, and design our programs. We believe that the impacted population should be at the forefront of decision-making. In addition to our Board of Directors and Advisory, consisting primarily of immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals, we have a Youth Leadership Board consisting of current Brave House members. This board helps us to listen to the voices of our members and implement their ideas into our strategic planning.
Launched in 2018, the Brave House was born out of our founder's work as an immigration attorney at another non-profit in New York, where she gained a unique perspective regarding the complex challenges that immigrant children face and the gaps in access to crucial services such as help with school, health insurance, mental health services, housing, and finding community.
Below is a map with all of the members' countries of origin!
The Brave House is committed to co-creating spaces where youth from all backgrounds can connect, heal, and grow together. Our community celebrates young people from all over the world, and we welcome youth who identify as female and gender-expansive. We believe that members should be at the forefront of decision-making and determining what programs we offer, how we approach issues that affect their communities, and how the organization is led. We strive to foster belonging for the community we serve and are active in our effort to seek and center diverse perspectives within our team.