Who are we?
here there and EVERYwhere (htE) is a nonprofit, repurposed goods platform that provides survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking with an avenue for creative expression. While incorporating healing arts and ethical design* concepts, survivors are taught vocational & entrepreneurial skills in sewing, jewelry making, and crafts to bring new life to discarded items. The end product is a culmination of creativity, catharsis, and dedication, which we share with you through the htE Dove.
The htE Dove is a transparency platform that allows you to track your donations and purchases, while connecting you with the individual survivors on a more personal level. Through the htE Dove, you know exactly how your contribution is making a difference!
*Ethical design upholds three main objectives: social responsibility, environmental awareness, and meeting the needs of the survivors, the public, and you!
Get a glimpse into our 12-week program to learn more about our curriculum.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). There are approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally (International Labor Organization, 2012). The survivors who manage to escape these circumstances often find themselves lacking an education or financial resources in addition to language and cultural barriers. As a result, they face difficulty in rebuilding their lives.
New York City’s 3-6 month timeframe for residential assistance often does not offer enough time for survivors to overcome their traumas and discover independence. Although counseling and mentoring are important services offered by shelters, our communications with program directors and residential advocates revealed a need for more cathartic and confidence building activities so that survivors can rejoin the community after leaving the shelters.
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To empower survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking through creative expression, entrepreneurialism, and community engagement. Through our programs, survivors are encouraged to spread their wings here, there, and EVERYwhere.
We envision a world where every individual is socially aware, environmentally conscience, and effortlessly confident. They have the strength and resources they need to pursue their dreams, no matter how impossible it may seem.
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Since our inception, we have focused on one motto: We can all make a change. We may not be in a perfect position to help others, but we are all different. We can all teach and learn from one another as we go.
Whether it is language translation, htE workshop facilitation, volunteer coordination, marketing, web development, or sheer enthusiasm, we always welcome opportunities to grow together.
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Our Board of Directors
"Dream on, dream until your dreams come true." - Steven Tyler
Tanya is co-founder and Executive Director of htE. She is a thoughtful artist combining her interests in visual and tactile mediums with her love for teaching and social change. Outside of htE, Tanya is Co-Founder of The Enlivened Collective while working as a freelance designer and professional Teaching Artist through Wingspan Arts and The Art Studio NY. She graduated from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study with a concentration in Design, Psychoanalysis and Human Rights (Titled "His and Her Story: Redesigning the Self"). Tanya has worked in many administrative and design positions for the past 5 years and now runs htE's operations while leading program development and many of htE’s workshops. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Spirituality, Mind and Body at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her life objective is women empowerment through the arts.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin
Andrew is co-founder of htE and a 2015 graduate of NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, with a concentration in Surreal Production: To combine the dream reality with everyday reality to create one Surreality, with an emphasis on the dynamic and relation between a society and its composing individuals’ identities. Since 2011, Andrew has worked as an intern, operations assistant, production assistant, associate producer then Operations Manager for The Box NYC. Having transitioned from entry position to management, The Box’s international scope in conjunction with its small flat horizontal management team provided Andrew with experiences in various areas of business administration including human resources, payroll and budgets, casting & auditions, operations, and legal representation. Coming from a traditional South Korean background which emphasizes societal norms and etiquette, by combining the gained knowledge from The Box and education at NYU Gallatin, Andrew hopes to understand the fundamental causes surrounding issues of neglected identities prevalent in different cultures.
"I raise up my voice not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard."
- Malala Yousafzai
Shan received her Master of Public Administration with nonprofit administration specialization at the University of Georgia in 2013. From 2012 to 2013, Shan interned as the Administrative Assistant at Project Safe, a local nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence. There, Shan committed herself to advocating the survivors of trauma. Shan used her bilingual skills and cross-cultural sensitivity to assist survivors to get connected to local resources of job fair, supportive housing, vocational training, counseling and etc. After graduation, Shan started working at Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women’s Center) as a counselor, and got promoted to the Manager of Residential Programs in 2015. Since then, Shan has been overseeing the operations, managing the general administrative and operational tasks to follow through on agency and government protocols. From direct client services to high-level administrative support, Shan has always been dedicated herself to positive changes. In 2014, Shan got involved in Here There and EVERYwhere (htE), Inc. as an Advisory Board Member. There, Shan supports the Board with strategic planning within programs. Shan speaks both Mandarin and English professional. By working extensively with others of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures in a productive and respectful manner, Shan is committed to making a difference in the lives of others.
Meet the htE Team!
"If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other" - Mother Theresa
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'” - John Greenleaf Whittier
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou
"To light a candle is to cast a shadow"
- Ursula K. LeGuin
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.”- John Lennon
"If you get, give. If you learn, teach." - Maya Angelou
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform." - Diane Mariechild
"Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.”
- Dalai Lama
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
- Mark Twain
“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, its easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”
- Paulo Coelho
“We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise And then, if we are true to plan Our statures touch the sky.” - Emily Dickinson
"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."- Abraham Lincoln
"We were told to be silent, but speak to your girls of this war time. The women wept this year. In the same year we were ready." - Chinaka Hodge
"It is important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and destruction. The hope I am interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities which invite or demand that we act. It is also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse one. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings."
— Rebecca Solnit