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Masakhane (masa-con-eh) is a Xhosa word that means "let's build ourselves, for ourselves, together".

"It was the best learning and engaging experience I've ever had. I wouldn't trade the people, experience, memories, or environment for anything." - Francis (former intern)

"“Masakhane welcomed me with open arms to learn, unlearn, and actively reflect. Being in community with others to discuss important topics made the experience even more enhanced and special for me. From training to creating my own projects, Stephanie affirmed me and gave me the space to give myself grace. My overall experience is something that will follow me forever. This organization is what young people need to thrive, pour into themselves, and into their communities.”" - Na'Kiya (former intern)

Our Mission

Our Mission

Masakhane is a youth-driven organization providing community-based sexuality education in and around Newark, NJ. Masakhane’s anti-racist, pro-queer & pro-trans approach to sex-positive programming seeks to promote sexual liberation, including the right to pleasure, for marginalized communities.

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Our Guiding Principles

  • Masakhane believes everyone has the right to accurate, non-judgmental information on all sexuality topics.

  • Masakhane uses a sex-positive, pleasure-focused lens to help participants build supportive relationships and experiences grounded in communication and consent.

  • Masakhane workshops honor the rights of young people to make their own decisions.

  • Masakhane provides resources that encourage folks to incorporate sexual wellness into their lives, if they so choose.

  • Masakhane's programs represent the experiences of those marginalized for their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

  • Masakhane's programs are actively anti-racist. Masakhane works to dismantle the racism and anti-Blackness that is ingrained within traditional sexuality education.

  • Masakhane is a reproductive justice organization. Reproductive justice, as defined by SisterSong, is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.

We Need Your Support Today!

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