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What We Do

Through a variety of programs, The Image Initiative, Inc.®, aims to Enlighten, Engage, and Empower young women of color in Syracuse, New York.

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S Experience®

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S (Creating Heightened Opportunities in Community, Environment, and Self) Experience ® is a series of skill development and life enhancement workshops, institutes, and literary forums taking place within Syracuse University and the local Syracuse community. Workshop topics include but are not limited to: higher education, community activism, self-development, literacy, financial management, and performance art.

These workshops are for young women of color between the ages of 13 and 18 who demonstrate promise despite challenging environments and attend Syracuse City Schools and local community centers. Workshops are designed to stimulate critical thought, supply outlets, introduce our young women to aspects of life they may not ordinarily be accustomed to, and provide them with tools to be productive and contributing members of society. Our young women also acquire leadership and professional development skills. The role models and individuals they come in contact with are instrumental in their relationship and capacity building.

If you are interested in participating in the C.H.O.I.C.E.S Experience ®, please contact Semaj Campbell at Be sure to put CHOICES in the subject area.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Experience — A group of young women stands together talking, laughing and some appear to be dancing
B.U.I.L.D. Mentoring Collective — Two women look at the camera, smiling

Mentoring Collective

The B.U.I.L.D (Broaden. Uplift. Inspire. Lead. Develop) Mentoring Collective℠ is a mentoring initiative and partnership pairing Image Initiative program participants with collegiate and professional women in one-on-one relationships for an academic year.

Cultural Excursions

The Cultural Excursion Program provides experiences that expose our young women to new and unfamiliar environments and interesting culture. These excursions are facilitated through community and corporate partnerships. The cultural excursion program is committed to educating and broadening the horizon of our young women.

Cultural Excursions: Girls walk down the sidewalk away from a yellow school bus