PERIOD is a youth-fueled nonprofit that strives to eradicate period poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy.
PERIOD. works to end period poverty and stigma through service, advocacy, and education. PERIOD. does this by providing free menstrual products to menstruators in need by partnering with community organizations through our global network of hundreds of partner non-profit organizations, community groups and 400 global PERIOD. chapters each month. Our chapters and partners help us distribute period products to menstruators in need in their own communities, host product drives, conduct educational trainings and discuss healthy menstruation to destigmatize periods. PERIOD. has active chapters in over 40 states and over 30 countries.
In order to truly end period poverty, we must end the systemic roots of period poverty. PERIOD. works to help draft, pass and implement policies and legislation to mandate period product in workplaces and schools, as well as repeal the discriminatory tampon tax, which adds to the expensive cost of menstrual products. PERIOD. knows that this new generation of youth leaders will solve period poverty in their lifetime!
The PERIOD Chapter network is the core of our organization. Made up of youth activists, chapters are mostly based in middle schools, high schools, college campuses and young adult community groups. PERIOD believes in the importance of centering youth leadership and activism in the pursuit of menstrual equity, and therefore utilizes resources to empower chapters in their local service, education and advocacy planning. Chapters receive leadership development and advocacy training, helping to focus their efforts on providing access to menstrual products to menstruators experiencing homelessness. They also advocate for equitable policies, working with local institutions such as school districts and local government, to provide access to products for those experiencing need.