9 to 5 Wisconsin

Alverno College

Convergence Resource Center

Ex Fabula

Girls on the Run

LOTUS Legal Clinic

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Planned Parenthood

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

9 to 5 Wisconsin
Power of Participation

9 to 5 Wisconsin’s project focuses on a multi-prong strategy for cultivating low-wage women in the Milwaukee area into civic leaders, organizing and advocating on grassroots social justice issues facing their communities. The program includes a Power of Participation workshop series, a paid Community Justice Fellows program, and a two-day interactive primer to Wisconsin’s legislative process, with opportunities for participants to put training into action.

Alverno College
Thea Bowman Institute for Excellence
and Leadership

Alverno College believes that developing African American women leaders can help address racial and gender inequity. Retention and graduation rates for African American women reinforce the need for new ideas and bold action. Alverno’s Thea Bowman Institute for Excellence and Leadership is a new undergraduate leadership development program that enrolls Black women with a strong desire to serve as leaders, especially in Milwaukee. Women’s Fund support brings key subject leaders to the program team for the pilot year, providing coaching and professional development, and helps establish a resource library of literature, research and best-practices in key topics.

Convergence Resource Center
Human Trafficking and Violence Against Women: Employment

Founded in 2004 to help women rebuild their lives after incarceration, in 2010 Convergence expanded its focus launching its Solace™ programs to provide survivors of human trafficking with client-focused, trauma-informed care. Convergence provides client-focused, trauma informed care including education and training for community organizations and service providers. This project focuses on Employment: Integration into the workforce can be challenging if the employers lack basic knowledge of how to avoid certain levels of re-victimization. Convergence will expand this program to allow more survivors to benefit providing a stipend so they can avoid service interruption.

Ex Fabula
Brave Space

Personal stories can challenge and address the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of historically silenced peoples. Accordingly, this project creates free, affinity spaces where women from historically disenfranchised populations can reflect on their identities, craft personal stories that give voice to their experiences, and share the healing experience of feeling heard. Participants then share stories at public StorySlams and through media pieces; as the general public hears these compelling stories, they increase their cultural humility. Such work is a critical step toward attitude and policy changes that ultimately create equal access and opportunity for all.

Girls on the Run
GOTR Social Wellness for Girls, Spring 2021

GOTR is an evidence-based SEL program designed to enhance 3rd and 8th grade girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. GOTR is the only national physical-activity based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) for girls with compelling evidence of program impact. Our research-based curriculum, trained coaches and our commitment to serving all girls set up apart as an exemplar PA-PYD. This grant enables us to deliver this program to girls in Milwaukee County, when they need this type of program more than ever.

LOTUS Legal Clinic
Mission Work

LOTUS continues to provide exceptional quality, free, professional legal representation, and empowerment services in a holistic, trauma-informed manner to individuals who are victims of sexual assault, abuse or labor/sex trafficking. Additionally, LOTUS offers a survivor empowerment program through our Untold Stories writer’s workshop. This program is nationally recognized for its innovative approach that combines art therapy, creative writing, and law to help survivors process their trauma, reclaim their autonomy, and emerge with a sense of purpose and strength.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
Woman2Woman Intergenerational Domestic Violence Prevention Imitative

Woman 2 Woman (W2W) is a dynamic teen mentoring and education program designed to help marginalized young women of color address unhealthy relationships and domestic violence and learn how to live as powerful women. W2W connects teens to caring adult female mentors and staff trained to provide support. W2W offers activities and education that empowers teen girls to gain efficacy through knowledge of relationship-based abuse and how they can reduce/eliminate it. Participants develop leadership and financial literacy skills and learn how to promote healthy relationships and how to be active bystanders. W2W will serve 2-3 mentors and 10-15 teens.

Planned Parenthood
Cuidandonos Creceremos mas Sanos Program

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Promotores de Salud (Latina Health Promoters) have actively worked during COVID-19 to maintain, and even increase, their education and outreach to Latinx individuals and families in the greater Milwaukee area. In 2021, ten female Promotores will lead the Next Level Leadership Program by being trained and using Zoom and other platforms to provide multiple session of health education and advocacy to 500 unduplicated Latinx individuals (and an additional 1,500 indirectly) who may be isolated during the pandemic even as their health and resource needs are growing.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Lifting Up Through Music

This partnership nurtures mother-child bonding through music to help moms break the generational cycle of trauma, while delivering the benefits of a neuroscience-based, early childhood music curriculum to the children. Young women working to overcome trauma, manage mental health issues, and achieve economic self-sufficiency have additional challenges when they are mothers: How to develop a positive, nurturing bond with their babies and toddlers, how to effectively redirect a child’s behavioral issues, and how to prepare their children to learn in school so they will have the best possible start in life.