Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay Announces Grant Recipients
Last Updated Aug 2011
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, has awarded 10 grants, totaling more than $35,000, in partnership with other Community Foundation donors to local non-profit and school programs. The grants will support programs that foster self-esteem and leadership in women and girls.
The grants were awarded based on a competitive application process including a review by a grants team consisting of community volunteers. The grants awarded from the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay are:
Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay: The STEM Career program received funding to promote the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for girls. The Boys and Girls Club will launch Future Females in STEM Careers at Washington Middle School and offer weekly hands-on learning enrichment and job shadowing opportunities. An estimated 15 girls will participate in the program and work to develop positive attitudes, while participating in fun and exciting learning activities afterschool. The ultimate goal is to engage the girls and help them succeed in the future.
Freedom House Ministries: A grant will support a program for homeless and nearly homeless women to be mentored by formerly homeless or nearly homeless women in Brown County. This program will help empower women to persevere and grow into better mothers and role models for their children, as well as assist in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Greater Green Bay YMCA: Funding will support the Girls Night Out Program, which is designed to build a healthy spirit, mind and body in each middle school girl participant, fostering a strong sense of identity to lead to mature and safe choices throughout their lives. The 10-week curriculum focuses on goal setting, media and body image, healthy living, relationships with family and friends, handling everyday stress, and resistance skills.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes: The Leadership Advisory Council received funding to assist in building girls' self-esteem by connecting them with positive mentors, adult role models, and peers year round. The goal is to serve 15-25 girls in fifth to eleventh grade, and 5-10 adult volunteers who will mentor them.
Literacy Green Bay: A grant will provide literacy and cultural classes for Somali women. The increase in the Somali population in Green Bay over the past year has been staggering, and many speak little or no English. Most Somali families in the area are low-income and headed by single mothers. Literacy Green Bay is developing a class geared to the specific cultural and educational needs of Somali women, including classes for beginning oral English and American customs and social norms, to prepare them for the workforce, and living in our community.
NWTC Educational Foundation: Funding will provide childcare assistance for low income, single mothers who are attending classes at NWTC. This program will give women access to higher education opportunities while allowing their children to have quality childcare opportunities. Finishing school will give these single mothers the self-esteem they need to exceed in the future.
Preble High School: This grant will fund a program aimed at stopping the cycle of truancy with a select group of at-risk African American and Hispanic female students. This program will engage these girls and help them increase their school attendance, the likelihood of their graduation, and access to post-secondary opportunities. This group will promote healthy decision making, regular school attendance, and enrichment activities to encourage the development of girls' educational and career dreams.
Washington Middle School: The HOME Girls Project has funding to engage female students in weekly groups to instill a value for education and personal resources (such as self-esteem and decision making processes). In addition, monthly service projects will be developed in partnership with Golden House, to help the girls develop awareness of and engagement in community issues.
Wisconsin Women’s Network: A grant will provide a scholarship for a local Brown County woman to attend the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute, a non-partisan, policy-based advocacy training program. This program will provide women attendees with the skills to advocate effectively for policies that ensure that all women throughout the state can age with dignity and stability. Participants will learn how to effectively advocate for policies that address economic hardships faced by elder women, enhance economic security of elder women, and allow aging women to live as they choose. This knowledge will be used in Brown County to impact quality of life issues for the elder female community in our area.
Wise Women Gathering Place: A grant will support the Girl Power Empowerment Zone, a program of 11 monthly meetings that will engage twelve teams of Native American women mentors and girl mentees. Both Discovery Dating, a healthy relationship tool, and facilitation training will strengthen the mentor/mentee relationships, and help mentees develop better communication skills, build self-esteem, increase personal agency, and increase resiliency skill sets.
Since it’s inception in 1995, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has raised an endowment of almost one million dollars and has granted more than $140,000, in partnership with Community Foundation donors, to local programs that are making a difference – helping women return to school, raising the literacy rate of women and girls in poverty, or guiding homeless women through self-esteem initiatives.