2017 Grantee Partners

In 2017, The members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded nearly $157,000 in grants to twelve local nonprofit organizations to address the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County.

Community Grants Program

Bee Geek, Inc. is awarded $15,000 for Girl Code, a female only program focused on increasing the digital literacy of female students, providing them the opportunity to thrive in the innovative support and technology markets.  Girl Code offers five modules with a certificate of completion at each level.  The program is the first organization to extend a digital literacy program to any of the 17 public high schools and 15 middle schools in the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County School System.

Center for Smart Financial Choices is awarded $10,000 to present Operation Money Talks, a program that engages female high school students in a quest for knowledge about future careers while increasing financial literacy.  Ten to fifteen female students from different high schools within the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System will meet to participate in Adult for A Day Workshops and create opportunities to invite local women to share their professional experience.   Participants will develop an awareness of the gender gap and its effect on their future while increasing confidence in their own abilities, particularly in the areas of money management and personal finance.

Children's Home Society of NC is awarded $15,000 for Wise Guys, a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that reduces teen pregnancy by changing the attitudes and behaviors of adolescent males (ages 12-17) towards their female counterparts.  As the “other half of the teen pregnancy issue,” the Wise Guys program utilizes a multi-session prevention approach with small groups of males. While not serving women and girls directly, the Wise Guys program impacts the males who will be in relationships with them.

Crosby Scholars is awarded $15,000 to present the SHE Project, a program designed to use a holistic approach to address root causes of poverty. This project will guide African American and Latina girls in areas of concentrated poverty living in Forsyth County to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The program will offer a series of workshops beginning in 8th grade to show girls the possibilities for women in STEM positions, which will help them understand the importance of taking STEM classes in middle school, and high school courses that will put them on a college and career path to higher paying jobs.

Experiment in Self-Reliance is awarded $15,000 for the IDA program.  The IDA program is a tool to develop assets among the working low-income, and to ensure they become financially stable and enable them to participate in the economic mainstream. The desired outcome sought for clients is that they become homeowners with a solid foundation of economic literacy skills to help them retain and maintain their new homes. ESR’s clientele consists primarily of female, African American, single heads of household.

Honorable Youth, Inc. is awarded $15,000 for Two Generations, a program that has been designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls who have the desire to obtain a higher education and start a new business, as well as those who are struggling with financial stability and home ownership. The program will provide a home ownership class, an entrepreneurship class, money management course, and information for women who wish to pursue higher educational courses. The target population of the program is to serve low-income, middle and high school girls and their mothers from the north, east, and south areas of Winston-Salem.

Horizons Residential Care Center is awarded $4,431 for Spring Forward, a program that will provide low-wage female workers at Horizons with the intangible workplace habits that will allow them to move into leadership and career growth positions within the organization.  Spring Forward offers an 8-week program to 18 female direct service professionals at Horizons Residential Care Center.  The program conducts individual follow-ups, enlisting a coach to facilitate sessions, providing an interactive learning environment, assigning participants real world tasks, and recruiting Horizons management team members as mentors.

LEAD Girls of NC is awarded $14,700 for the continuation of funding to recruit, educate, and support pre-teen and early teen girls, equipping them to navigate their teen years and avoid risky behaviors such as poor academic performance, substance use, sexual promiscuity, and teen pregnancy. The target population is girls ages 11 to 15 who reside in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, particularly those from low-income homes.  LEAD will specifically work with Wiley Middle School, Philo-Hill Magnet School Academy, and Mineral Springs.

North Carolina Justice Center is awarded $15,000 to advance financial stability through advancing wages and the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit).  The program is a two-fold approach to increasing the financial security of women and girls in Forsyth County through engaging key stakeholders in conversations about advancing the Living Wage and the EITC through discussions around systems and policy change and by providing support to advance local ground work on a program to “certify” local businesses that voluntarily pay their workers a Living Wage.

READ WS is awarded $7,730 for the Mommy and Me Reading Readiness Program.  The Mommy and Me: Reading Readiness program will focus only on Pre-K girls in the South-East ward of Winston-Salem (Easton, Hall Woodward, and Forest Park Elementary Schools). This program is designed to address the skills set forth in the Kindergarten Dibels Benchmark assessment and the English Language Arts Standards for Kindergarten. Collaboration will take place within the schools to recruit 35 girls and their mothers as participants in the Pre-K program and on the Pre-K waitlist. 

Smart Start Forsyth County is awarded $15,000 for the Educator Scholarship Program to provide Educator Scholarships to 10 women who are qualified child care providers and directors enrolled in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs to raise their educational levels. These women are part of a larger cohort of women, approximately 68 women, who will receive scholarships between January 1 and December 31, 2018.  Scholarship will pay for tuition and books for each student attending an accredited post-secondary institution. The average cost per student averages to $1,648 per year ($1,048 for tuition and $600 for books for two semesters for two classes).

Youth Achieving Moral Maturity (YAMM) is awarded $15,000 to implement Bella Diamondz, a program designed to mentor African American and Latino girls ages 12-18 who reside in LaDeara Crest Estates in Winston-Salem.  Workshops offered will teach girls how to build assets to meet short-term and long-term needs as well as manage and save for the future.   Each girl will develop their own success plan that will be used as a reference to keep them on track, ultimately paving a brighter future.


El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services is awarded $24,500 for economic empowerment of women in the Latino community. The Economic Empowerment Program will offer entrepreneurship training, workshops, networking, seed funding, and hands-on experiences to an initial cohort of 10 women seeking to start their own businesses. A Program Director will partner with each woman as she works through her business plan. Since its creation in 2006, El Buen Pastor has provided services to young children, teens, and parents with a focus on education, offering Latino families opportunities for a brighter future.
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is awarded $15,664 for a home maintenance workshop pilot program for women. This program will provide hands-on maintenance experience to 60 women Forsyth County, helping them reduce expensive repair needs that can compromise family safety and contribute to neighborhood blight. About 80% of Habitat families are headed by single women who are supporting one or more children. These workshops will help build the capacity of women to become successful homeowners. 
Imprints Cares is awarded $29,997 for programs to prevent teenage pregnancy and to support teenage mothers. Imprints Cares at Downtown Health Plaza will target low-income, unwed teen girls, young mothers, and expectant young mothers who receive services at the Downtown Health Plaza and are referred by medical providers. Imprints will offer parenting services such as home visitations, group connections, child screenings, and resource networking and referrals. These services will help support young women in an effort to break the cycle of poverty, which is a major cause and consequence of teenage pregnancy.
Old Town Elementary School is awarded $7,550 for “Full STEM Ahead,” an after-school STEM club for girls who attend Old Town Elementary. Research shows that stereotypes start at a young age when girls’ experience with science and math are gender-linked in ways that negatively affect their perceptions of scientific learning. This program will feature hands-on activities and field trip destinations that are based on the 4th and 5th grade North Carolina Science and Math Curricula in an effort to increase the girls’ interest in science and math careers and self-perceptions of their abilities in these subjects.  
And finally,
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is awarded $30,000 to implement the Contraceptive Choice project which will educate low-income teenagers about contraceptive methods and empower them to choose the method that works for their needs. Many patients forgo the contraceptive method that is best for them because of the cost, and this program will educate young women on their options for these services. Birth control options counseling, long-acting, reversible contraceptive methods which are safe to use, and insertion of these devices, will be offered at no-cost.
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