Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lawrence
Planning for the Future
Planning for the Future is designed to help young women between the ages of 13 and 18 years explore the vast range of career and higher education possibilities available to them and to provide solid guidance in helping them move towards their chosen goals. The program consists of a menu of activities designed to expand young women’s understanding and knowledge of potential career choices, and enable them to acquire life skills, academic skills and job-readiness skills that will help them pursue meaningful careers.
Citizens for Adequate Housing
Career Link is a direct response to the need for immediate, direct, and intensive educational enhancement, professional mentoring, employment search assistance and skills training in areas sought out by North Shore employers. The goal of the program is to propel homeless mothers from the mind set of "just getting a job" to the goal of finding employment which supports long-term sustainability. A combination of an in-house learning center, links with local employers for internships, local professional mentors, collaborations with existing workforce development programs and links to some financial resources will assist these women in reaching their goals.
COMPASS for Kids
Compass Community College Collaborative
COMPASS for homeless families operates the COMPASS Community College Collaborative (CCCC) in a primary partnership with the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office. The CCCC provides education, support and specific training that allow homeless and at risk mothers to access high demand, entry level jobs, with opportunities for further career development. The 17-week full-time program at Northern Essex Community College includes: job readiness and workforce skills training; multi-faceted education components (computer skills, ESOL, GED, study skills, etc.), followed by long-term coaching that focuses on employment gains, housing stability and higher education access.
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
Financial Literacy for Spanish Speaking Women
The goal of this program is to provide financial literacy education to Spanish speaking elders and to empower these women to handle their finances effectively. A series of workshops will present information on basic banking, including: how to choose a bank and type of account; basic budgeting and checkbook balancing; protection against fraud, scams and ID theft; and personal financial management. These workshops will be offered at venues where these elderly women congregate.
Girls Inc. of Haverhill
Economic Literacy Program
Through the Girls Inc. Economic Literacy program, girls learn how to manage, invest and save money, as well as how to help others through philanthropy. As girls explore how the economy affects everyone locally and globally, they develop skills critical to being financially savvy and economically independent. The curriculum presents age-appropriate material in the form of interactive and engaging activities. Over the course of the program, girls learn broad economic concepts, as well as personal financial skills such as how to identify and count money, save, invest, budget, take informed financial risks, and prepare for rewarding careers.
Girls Inc. of Lynn
College Mentoring Program
High School Juniors and Seniors meet with volunteer mentors who assist them with the college application process. The girls learn about scholarships, financial aid, how to write a college essay, criteria for choosing a college, understanding budgeting, debt and how to submit an application. This program runs throughout the school year and has been helping Lynn teenage girls for the past four years.
Housing and Economic Stability for Victims of Domestic Violence
This grant will support direct client assistance expenses for women who are victims of domestic violence. Monies will be allocated to pay for job training programs, certification courses, and short-term assistance for child care so that a woman can gain sufficient employment to support her children independently. This grant will be used directly by women in cases that are not supported by other funders. Economic empowerment is key to long-term success and these programs are fundamental to ensure a safe, productive future for these women and their families.
Computer Training for Family Child Care Providers
Two computer training workshops are designed around the needs of the participating family child care providers. Based on a needs assessment, the skills taught in these workshops will allow this group of women entrepreneurs to maintain and enhance their small businesses, meet the increasing technology-based expectations of the licensing agency (Department of Early Education and Care) and prepare for advancement in their careers, all leading to improved economic self-sufficiency and security. As a secondary community benefit, this strengthens their ability to continue to provide a much-needed child-care resource to working mothers.
Jeannie Geiger Crisis Center
Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area Financial Literacy Programs
The Seacoast Area includes well-hidden pockets of poverty. Girls Inc. reaches out to girls whose family cannot afford the fees associated with other activities that are offered in the area. The Economic Literacy curriculum offers two day-long workshops: “Money Talks” (Financial Literacy) and “E 3” (Exploring Entrepreneurial Experiences & Women-owned Businesses) as well as a10-week classroom-based “Equal Earners/Savvy Spenders” curriculum for the 6th grade. Both agencies realize how economic disparities hinder females now and in the future and they are addressing these problems directly through their programing.
Medi-Clerk Job Training & Placement Program
The Medi-Clerk Program is an innovative collaboration between Wellspring House and North Shore Medical Center to provide job training and placement to low-income women living in North Shore Communities. The 13 week program provides instruction in Medical Office Procedures, Medical Terminology, Medical Keyboarding, Business Communication, Professional Success and Job Search Strategies. Wellspring House supervises and supports the participants through the first twelve months of employment.
YMCA of the North Shore
Life Skills 101 for “Y” Girls
Life Skills 101 is designed to give teen girls in Haverhill and Gloucester a foundation of skills and knowledge that will help them get started in life and have skills to navigate adulthood. Collaborations with professionals and specialists in such areas as banking, insurance, automotive services, health care and career development will offer them information and professional connections as well as some of the tools necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
YWCA of Greater Lawrence
Economic Empowerment Program
The YWCA offers residential support to teen mothers and domestic abuse survivors in Lawrence. Case Managers help these girls to set goals for being financially stable and to live independently. Workshops on financial management, job readiness and housing are offered throughout the year. Fina House gives these young women a safe place to pursue personal, educational and career goals while receiving support and counseling to break the destructive patterns in their lives.