The Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project helps to manifest the dreams of young women.  Young women build Confidence, Self Awareness, Skills of self-expression, Connection to Community, Relationships with mentors, Healthy life skills, and lasting friendships and through their beats, words, rhymes, steps and stories, they continue to grow into artists.


The Roots Project allows supporters to commit to a monthly deduction from their bank account through PayPal of amounts ranging from $5-$100.  If you are interested in becoming a ROOTS member, please contact us.

YWDEP accepts and appreciates monetary donations as well in-kind donations of DRUMS and PERCUSSION instruments.  You can donate online via PayPal or by mail by sending a check or money order to:

Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project
1413 Downing Street, NE Washington, DC 20018

Please make checks and money orders payable to Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project.

In-Kind Donations may include the following:

  • Hand-made West African djembes in various sizes – must have smooth, intact skin and rope for tightening.
  • Remo or Toca (fiberskin/artificial/factory-made) djembes also appreciated.
  • Dun-uns (W. African bass drums), all sizes needed (sangban, kenkeni, dununba)
  • A-go-go bells, Cow bells, Shekeres, Cabasas, Claves, Guiros, Woodblocks, Maracas, various shakers and drum sticks
  • Folding chairs

YWDEP seeks individuals to lend time and talent in the areas of organizational development, grant writing, technical assistance, audio/video recording, photographing, recording studio time, healing arts instruction, and more.

YWDEP has performed drumming, dance and poetry at more than 100 local events including fundraisers, showcases, festivals, galas, university events, cultural events and more.

YWDEP’s founder and artistic director, Kristen Arant, has led drumming empowerment workshops at dozens of area schools and youth programs. Students learn the basics of West African hand drumming while building self esteem, skills in listening and cooperation, anger and depression management, and Art as an alternative to violence.