On Wednesday, December 5, the Women’s Fund had much to celebrate! The third class of students graduated from Starting Point 2.0 and the first class graduated from the new EmpowHER program. Both are designed to help women ages 18-29 with financial planning skills, empowerment and career planning. The goal of the programs is to prepare participants to successfully complete post-secondary education, leading to family supporting jobs.
Starting Point 2.0 is a collaboration between the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Fox Valley Technical College and B.A.B.E.S. Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Program. It uses a two-generational approach to address and meet the needs of the family together. 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, are part of the coursework. While mothers were attending classes, their young children received age appropriate early childhood education at B.A.B.E.S. EmpowHER covers the same empowerment topics but is geared for women who are not parents.
Five women with a total of 7 children graduated from Starting Point 2.0 and an additional 4 women successfully completed EmpowHER. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these bright and determined young women.
Find more information on this program and the Young Women’s Initiative, including how you can help, on the Women’s Fund website.
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