Seven women and their children are now one step closer to an economically secure future for themselves and their families after graduating from Starting Point 2.0 on Wednesday, December 6.
These young moms and their pre-school children were the first to complete this collaborative program between the Women’s Fund, Fox Valley Technical College and B.A.B.E.S. Child Abuse Prevention Program. The pilot program is based on the Aspen Institute’s two-generation approach to addressing generational poverty by meeting the needs of the family together. It is part of a multi-year initiative to increase the life-long economic security of women and their families by addressing the needs of young women age 18-29.
The women in the program attended workshops which included topics such as life and family strengthening skills, how to overcome mental and emotional hurdles, opportunities for employment, and how to prepare for career and college success, among many others. At the same time mothers were attending classes, their young children received age appropriate early childhood education at B.A.B.E.S.
The program has great potential to reduce poverty in our community since 64% of the families with minor children in poverty are headed by single mothers. The purpose of the program is to prepare women to successfully complete post-secondary education leading to family supporting jobs.
Find more information on this program and the Young Women’s Initiative, including how you can help, on the Women’s Fund website.