The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded more than $250,000 to fund 11 programs in central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of middle school girls in the area.
The following 11 Women’s Initiative funded programs are focused on reducing the incidence of violence affecting girls through the strategy of building, strengthening and supporting the development of healthy, safe, and confident girls:
African Community Education Program Express Yourself Program $17,250
Boys and Girls Club of Worcester Girls Voice Program $26,500
Clark University All Kinds of Girls $12,000
Family Health Center Girls on the Run at Sullivan Middle $15,800
Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA Be a Friend First (BFF) $17,200
Girls Inc. Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls $28,250
Latino Education Institute (LEI) Latina Achievers in Search of Success (LASOS) $36,000
LUK Crisis Center, Inc. Project Shine $6,853
Seven Hills Family Services Just Us Girls $15,750
Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (YOU, Inc.) ASCEND Program $24,750
YWCA of Central Massachusetts Girls Promoting Safety $53,000
In addition to funding programs and events, Women’s Initiative continues to offer free community-wide financial literacy conferences, called “Dollar $cholar,” for eighth-grade girls in Worcester and surrounding towns. Since 2006, nearly 3,500 girls from central Massachusetts were introduced to the basics of finance and budgeting, setting the stage for future independence and confidence around personal finance.