Who We Are
The PERIOD. Mission
PERIOD. is a global youth fueled non-profit which strives to eradicate period poverty and stigma through advocacy, education, and service.
PERIOD. annually distributes millions of menstrual products to grassroots organizations serving their communities in need, authors stigma-busting menstrual health curriculum, and equips young leaders to advocate for menstrual equity policies such as the repeal of the tampon tax and mandating period products in public places.
PERIOD. was founded in 2014 by Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand, two high school students in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the organization has grown to hundreds of volunteer chapters around the nation and world. In 2020, grew in staff capacity and Board governance, hiring a new Executive Director and senior leadership team, including a Youth Advisory Council.
At PERIOD. we believe:
That menstruation is an integral part of reproductive health
Our mission to eradicate period poverty and period stigma is fundamentally based on honoring menstruator's autonomy and trusting them to manage their periods and bodies in the way they choose.
PERIOD. is committed to:
Lifting up and centering youth voices working in the menstrual equity movement
Working to eradicate period poverty through immediate service
Working to eradicate systemic period poverty through destigmatizing periods with education and policy
Supporting a diverse community of youth advocates to help amplify menstrual equity policies
Utilizing asset-based and equitable programming and language in our work
Working to ensure the menstrual movement is a welcoming one, for all people who want to end period poverty.
Youth Advisory Council Cohort
The Youth Advisory Council is a governance committee tasked with supporting the work of PERIOD. by providing insight and advice to PERIOD.’s programs and strategy. The group consists of 12 activists, ages 14-25, who meet bi-monthly to tackle essential questions and provide strategic advice to PERIOD. staff and Board of Directors. Council Members are the voice and face of PERIOD.'s youth activists, and will ensure that the voices and diversity of young activists are heard and represented in PERIOD.’s decision making and program design.
Introducing our NEW 2022-2024 Youth Advisory Council Cohort!
Board of Directors
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