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Economic Self Sufficiency and Security  |   $101,000

Health & Well Being  |  $105,000

Leadership & Empowerment  |  $69,000


Amirah, Inc.

Survivor Mentoring Program

In a safe home for victims of sexual trafficking, Amirah offers whole person care to help survivors recover from physical and emotional trauma.



Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation

Taking a Stand Against Opioid Abuse

A trusting, therapeutic relationship is developed with pregnant women in the Newburyport area identified as showing risk factors of drug addiction. They are provided with coordinated care and supports through case management, counseling and referrals.



Bellesini Academy

Alumni Support Program

This program aims to continue this Lawrence school’s support of its female graduates throughout the rest of their academic careers. Through application guidance, school visits, and other services, the school continues its relationship with the graduates,

 creating a community that fosters future success.



Beyond Soccer, Inc.

Girls in Sports Programs

Enabling Lawrence girls of all ages to participate in soccer programs, this organization connects girls to leadership and mentoring opportunities, healthy living guidance, and academic support.




CSEC Outreach Program

This Lynn organization addresses the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children by implementing the My Life My Choice Program for young girls in their residential housing. The curriculum’s three facets are prevention, intervention and transition support, and aims to increase awareness levels of girls who are vulnerable to commercial sexual predators.



Community Action Inc.

Head Start Financial Literacy and Mentoring Program

Using the highly regarded Budget Buddies curriculum, CAI helps mothers whose children are in the Head Start programs in the Haverhill area gain financial literacy.



Compass Working Capital

Family Self-Sufficiency Program in Lynn

Compass works with Lynn residents in subsidized housing to build assets through intensive financial coaching and savings opportunities, enabling them to attain their financial goals and security.



Emmaus, Inc.

The Empowerment Project at the D’Youville Center for Social Justice

Homeless women in the Emmaus’ Haverhill shelters are able to build self-esteem, to learn to cope with trauma-related stress, and access tools and workshops for fostering economic self-sufficiency.



Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

Stand and Deliver

Public school Lawrence girls are offered one-on-one academic mentoring with volunteer business professionals on site at Pfizer, New Balance, Raytheon and other leading Essex County businesses.



Groundwork Lawrence

Cooking Matters Program

GWL utilizes the national Cooking Matters program to educate Lawrence women and their families on nutrition and budgeting for healthy food shopping. In the cooking classes, the participants learn how to integrate healthy foods into culturally appropriate




Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

Empowerment and Wellness Workshops

Domestic violence victims in the Newburyport area are served by an array of free Wellness Workshops and support groups as part of the Center’s trauma-informed approach to helping participants heal physically and emotionally from abuse.



Lazarus House

Opening Doors out of Poverty through Culinary Work Prep

Participants in this intensive program in Lawrence receive 200 hours of training from local professional chefs and are placed in paid internships with the goal of securing permanent job security.



LEAP for Education

Sisters for Success

This Salem organization offers a self-esteem and confidence-building program for high school girls. Meeting bi-weekly with LEAP staff and community partners, the girls come together in a safe, non-judgmental space in the Teen Center, and are empowered to share challenges in their lives and to learn strategies to attain a successful future.




Lifebridge Women’s Groups

Homeless single women in the Seeds of Hope Housing in Salem are provided with comprehensive support groups, which focus on health and well-being, job training and art therapy.



Northeast Hospital Corp. (Beverly Hospital)

Connecting Young Moms

This program offers pre- and post-natal support for low-income women with their Doula program, group workshops, support groups, and enrichment opportunities, all of which help these mothers attain their parenting, educational, and occupational goals.



Pathways for Children

Parents as Advocates and Leaders

Cape Ann mothers of children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start are offered unique opportunities as Policy Council members. Their experiences on the Council empower the women, and serve as a platform to improve their child’s educational experiences, as well as expanded job and leadership advocacy opportunities.



RAW Art Works

Women Art Muralists

High school girls enrolled in the WAM program are offered weekly sessions during the school year and into the summer. Girls work with an art therapist and community partners to create public murals, sculptures and other works of art throughout the Lynn community.



Russian Community Association of Massachusetts

Refugee Service and Leadership Teams

This program serves Lynn-area refugee girls in grades 6 through 12 and their mothers, with the goal of preparing these newly-arrived immigrants for mainstream programming. Cultural differences and barriers to societal integration are addressed, and the women and girls are empowered to become engaged members of their communities through service learning projects.