Our Founding Director Dionne Ybarra is a Mexican American woman born and raised in a marginalized neighborhood in East Salinas, California. The idea for The Wahine Project presented itself when as an adult she took up surfing and it transformed her life. She has since sought to share the liberating and empowering experience of a relationship with the ocean. Dionne has come to the understanding that more time in the ocean becomes a powerful vehicle for connecting girls to their own self-empowerment as well as a way to connect communities of diverse girls to environment, ocean and with one another. She created The Wahine project to eliminate the barriers that may get in the way of those relationships and provide opportunities for them to grow.
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