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Donate Now Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis  

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Memphis, TN 38103 • 901-578-9346

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2016 Grantee Partners and Funders

Case Management and Wraparound Services

Knowledge Quest – $25,000
Family Stability Initiative (FSI) provides comprehensive case management and wraparound services to increase families’ abilities to secure their basic needs. FSI advocates for policy changes around emergency assistance eligibility as well as supports the emergence and awareness of additional resources toward basic needs for families. FSI collaborates with various organizations to leverage expertise, resources in unduplicated fashion to equip families to obtain sustainable employment and reduce poverty through financial literacy, money management and acquiring of assets.

Urban Strategies, Inc.* – $50,000
Foote Homes Connect Home will make broadband internet available to a pilot group of families residing in the Foote Homes housing development within zip code 38126 by offering free or discounted services. This program will offer residents localized, free and culturally sensitive training on digital literacy skills that will allow them to effectively utilize high-speed Internet. Foote Homes Connect Home will provide Internet enabled devices and technical support to aid residents in their search for employment and other needed resources for self-sufficiency. *Funded by the Walmart Foundation


Job Skills and Employment

Advance Memphis* – $25,000
Work Life Services helps adult residents of Foote Homes and zip code 38126 acquire resources and skills to create a holistic, stepping-stone system as they move toward financial stability. Work Life is a comprehensive job readiness curriculum developed specially for the residents of 38126. Designed to help in overcoming roadblocks of poverty, the program helps women achieve professional and educational goals, find jobs, succeed in the workplace, and move toward financial security. *Funded by the Walmart Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis – $29,634
Juice Plus Technical Training Center’s Job Seekers Program is a premier job training and development program for students ages 16-24. The purpose of the program is to ensure that students are ready to launch successful careers upon graduating from high school. The program offers paid job training, placement services, and workforce development resulting in a pipeline to economic self-sufficiency and prosperity.

DeNeuville Learning Center* – $20,000
From Education to Employment empowers women to improve their lives through education. The program advances job readiness through basic education, GED achievement, literacy skills, career development and self-esteem building, leading to better employment opportunities, self-confidence and social and economic independence. The purpose of the program is to address systemic problems that will close the prosperity gap for economically vulnerable families. *Funded by the Walmart Foundation

HopeWorks, Inc.* – $25,000
Job Skills and Adult Education empowers people to become self-sufficient through job skills training and education to help them feel confident in their ability to find and keep living wage jobs. Adult education classes will be offered to provide preparation for the GED to students seeking to earn their high school diploma to increase chances of obtaining higher wage employment. In addition, this program will provide limited wraparound services in the form of bus passes, counseling and referrals to other community resources. *Funded by the Walmart Foundation

Karat Place, Inc. – $15,000
Reducing Poverty and Crime in 38126 Zip Code will provide comprehensive services to female residents of zip code 38126 in the criminal justice system to reduce homelessness, poverty and recidivism. The services rendered will include transitional housing, financial education, job readiness training, life skills and supportive services. The program aims to provide linkages to employment to break the cycle of poverty and crime as well as restore some social harmony and economic growth in zip code 38126.

Literacy Mid-South – $19,500
38126 Adult Learning Program will assess and enroll low-literate individuals who live in the 38126 zip code and provide a volunteer tutor to assist with improving literacy skills. The Adult Learning Program offers assistance to individuals over age 18 currently facing challenges to gain the skills needed to make a living wage. Literacy Mid-South seeks to increase the number of people in 38126 zip code enrolled in Adult Learning Program by 100 percent from 50 to 100 participants.

Memphis Urban League, Inc. – $10,000
Workforce and Economic Development (WED) provides career counseling, job readiness/soft skills, professional development and job placement assistance. WED offers workshops on financial literacy, writing business plans and entrepreneurship. The aim of is to assist clients in establishing a path to secure living wage employment to become economically self-sufficient.

Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation* – $25,000
Computer Software Specialist Career Training provides tuition assistance for low income individuals residing in zip code 38126 to earn a Computer Software Specialist (CSS) certification. The CSS certificate can be completed in two semesters and can lead to a two-year degree program. The program allows students to see themselves as professionals with skills to acquire a living wage job and move up the career ladder. *Funded by the Walmart Foundation

YWCA of Greater Memphis – $25,000
38126: The Mission will provide job training in traditional and non-traditional fields, job readiness training and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes. YWCA will offer classes in computer literacy, computer repair, financial literacy, forklifting, and warehousing. YWCA seeks to help reduce poverty in zip code 38126 by offering educational classes and training as a second chance to help individuals become self-sufficient.


Early Childhood Development

Early Success Coalition – $25,000
38126 Nurturing Parent Pilot Project provides training to parents regarding family-centered approaches to parenting. Nurturing Parenting is a 10-week training course available for parents to give them tools and resources to help their children have a good foundation to develop and grow. This program will provide a coordinated array of training services and a referral network to address the specific needs of individual caregivers and their children.

Neighborhood Christian Center, Inc. * – $25,000
38126 Pilot Program will train mothers and caregivers on how to properly care for their infants through the Touch, Talk, Read and Play curriculum and promote healthy brain development. This pilot program will provide community/health education to families with children 0-4 living in zip code 38126 to help prepare them for entrance into kindergarten. 38126 Pilot Program will work collaboratively with agencies, faith-based organizations and healthcare organizations to link women and children to resources for moving from poverty to upward mobility.

The Exchange Club Family Center – $20,000
First STEPS (Skills to Ensure Parenting Success) Parent-Aid Program provides life skills education and mentoring for first-time teen mothers who are struggling in the areas of education, finances, peer relationships, parenting and time management. Through the program, young mothers receive professional case management, one-on-one counseling, in-home aide support and educational classes in the areas of prenatal care, parenting skills, goal setting, budgeting and employment skills.


Youth Development and Employment

Booker T. Washington High School – $10,500
Booker T. Washington Girls Basketball/Lady Warrior Exposure provides inner city, low-income, African-American teenage girls with opportunities to travel to various parts of the country to be exposed to different cultures and academic as well economic opportunities outside of the metro Memphis area. The main objectives include increasing the number of student athletes who successfully graduate from high school, improving ACT scores by at least two points, and increasing the number of students who attend post-secondary institutions.

Emmanuel Center, Inc. – $25,000
Emmanuel Academy After-School Program/Camp HOPE provides a safe and stimulating educational environment for youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade to help them achieve academic excellence during after school hours and during the summer break. The program focus is on youth development in the areas of education, healthy living and by providing a place to socialize with peers. Camp Hope has an educational theme of reading, science and math. The purpose of the program is to educate and empower youth by equipping them with skills to elevate themselves out of poverty.

Girls Incorporated of Memphis – $20,000
Girls Inc. Center-Based Programming equips girls ages 6-18 to achieve healthy lives, succeed academically and acquire skills needed to prepare them for adulthood. Center-based programming will be expanded into South Memphis 38126 zip code to provide middle-school girls with programs that emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to equip them for academic success and competitive employment in the future. The Girls Inc. vision is to establish a permanent center to offer ongoing, sustained programming for girls 6-18 within the Foote Homes redevelopment project.

Girl Scouts Heart of the South – $10,000
38126 Girls Scouts Initiative (GSI) will offer expanded programs that promote values, team work, diversity, and community service to girls residing in zip code 38126. GSI will offer training to increase volunteer skill levels of women in area of courage, confidence and character to enable them to become stronger role models for young girls in their community. Girl Scouting will empower girls to change the cycle of poverty, violence, teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates in zip code 38126.

Streets Ministries – $10,000
Pathways/Summer Institute provides mentors for middle and high school students to provide them with accountability, support, and cultural exposure. Pathways participants receive academic support one hour daily after school. Summer Institute participants receive instruction from the Junior Achievement curriculum with lessons on banking, job readiness and business development.

University of Memphis Research Foundation-Herff College of Engineering – $35,000
Girls Experiencing Engineering offers middle and high school girls an opportunity to increase their awareness and interest levels in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. The program also broadens the impact of activities by providing middle and high school science and math teachers with new pedagogical methods and tools for use in their classrooms and to provide high school girls with leadership training and practice opportunities.


Financial Education and Asset Building

RISE Foundation, Inc.* – $25,000
Goal Card 38126 will provide a summer career exploration program for 15 youth (ages 13-17) that will help students connect the importance of their education with reaching their career goals. Goal Card 38126 will teach parents how to balance the many roles that parents have, while at the same time being a major encourager for successful outcomes with their children. The program will also offer financial literacy and the establishment of a savings plan that will further improve the financial outcomes for Goal Card families in 38126. *Funded by the Walmart Foundation

LeMoyne-Owen College CDC – $10,000
Pregnancy Prevention Plan 38126 will provide shelter to displaced teenage mothers and their children, while ensuring the completion of education, access to proper prenatal care and parenting education. The program will offer financial literacy and business development training to increase knowledge about finance and how to acquire assets for themselves and their children. Pregnancy Prevention Plan 38126 will also provide counseling and other supportive services to prevent repeat pregnancies and encourage career aspirations that will benefit both mother and child.


Advocacy and Research

Center for Research in Education Policy (CREP) – University of Memphis
Partnership for Women’s Prosperity (PWP)
Tennessee Women’s Fund Alliance (TWFA)
Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC)
Young Women Philanthropists (YWP)
Women’s Initiative Think Tank (WITT)


Vision 2020 Funders*

AutoZone Inc.
Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
FedEx Corporation
Hyde Family Foundations
International Paper
Jeanne Varnell
Plough Foundation
Sylvia Marks Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Walmart Foundation (National/State)
* As of 4/15/2016