The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is investing $259,700 in 17 grant partners focused on creating equity for women and girls in Central Ohio, and we are thrilled to support such an incredible group as we kick off our second generation of impact!
Central Community House ★
TRANSIT ARTS Black Girls Glow
Black Girls Glow, led by TRANSIT ARTS, a program of Central Community House, provides girls with the opportunity to build self-esteem and leadership skills and develop a promising future through positive future stories via art, creative activities, and mental wellness. Participants in the program complete vision boards through intensive, intimate workshops. As participants discover their strengths and talents in the program, TRANSIT ARTS will provide opportunities for girls to continue their artistic journey, gain professional experience, and receive ongoing mentorship.
Eryn PiNK Girl Empowerment is dedicated to the development of girls, with a targeted emphasis on creating pathways of advancement for girls to thrive. Led by a dedicated team of “role models,” our programs create brave spaces and implement customized solutions through our in school and community programs to develop leadership skills, increase confidence, and provide opportunities so they may amplify their voices.
GHRO Your Future
GHRO Your Future is an exploratory program dedicated to the self-development of adolescent girls. These young scholars are given the opportunity to connect with other girls, explore and support each other’s desire for personal growth, and build enthusiasm to succeed not only in school, but in life. Each participant is matched with a strong female leader from the community for monthly check-ins to discuss personal goals and ambitions and provide social and emotional support.
Girls on the Run of Central Ohio ★
Girls on the Run of Central Ohio Columbus City Schools
Girls on the Run is the only physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The 10-week curriculum serves as a platform for social emotional learning and increased physical activity while promoting holistic health outcomes and engagement in community service for girls grades 3-8. Girls on the Run partners with over 200 schools to make programming accessible to as many girls as possible in Central Ohio.
HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Inc.
Thank Goodness I’m Female (T.G.I.F.) Leadership Cohort
The T.G.I.F. Leadership Cohort is an opportunity for Delaware County high school girls and students who identify as female to learn and develop their leadership skills and style. The program focuses on modules designed to connect participants with women leaders and mentors from Central Ohio in a “you can’t be what you can’t see” model. The six modules are: Time Management, Stress Management, Leadership in School and Beyond, Communication and Public Speaking, Finding Your Leadership Style, and Advocacy. Participants will put the knowledge they gained from the cohort into practice through a final capstone project.
Innovation Ohio Education Fund
The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network
The Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) is a coalition unlike any other group in the state. Formed in 2015 as a program of Innovation Ohio Education Fund, WPPN brings together nearly 40 organizations to collaboratively advocate for public policies that build economic opportunity for women and their families. WPPN convenes community conversations, strategy sessions, and events around shared policy goals and coordinates the coalition’s legislative efforts. They also engage in public advocacy and issue education, such as providing legislative testimony at the Statehouse or educating lawmakers through an intersectional gender lens.
Women LEADing Ohio
Women LEADing Ohio (WLO) was created to increase the number of women in Ohio’s political process to ensure the needs and voices of women are heard. A government that is gender-balanced, multiracial, and composed of differing backgrounds and lived experiences allows for more constructive discussion and broader perspectives about important issues affecting women and their families in Ohio. WLO provides a protected space for educational programming and support for women interested in civil service. The program is led entirely by women with a lens of being a woman in traditionally male-dominated government and political spaces.
League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund
Women’s Voices: Next Generation of Women Leaders
League of Women Voters of Ohio develops young women leaders through dialogue, mentorship, and hands-on experiences. They engage and empower young women by providing the knowledge and skills needed to become informed voters and engaged citizens. This program boosts confidence and leadership skills among young women, recognizing that the gender gap in leadership starts at an early age. The program includes an internship program, the Youth in Action program, opportunities to visit the Ohio Statehouse, and voter outreach.
My Project USA ★
Leadership and Empowerment for Immigrant and Refugee Girls
MY Project USA is establishing a leadership and empowerment program for teen girls from our local immigrant and refugee community. These young women are often seen as secondary to boys within their families and culture and are far too often afraid to be themselves in settings that include boys. Our program will develop a cohort of teen leaders and give them the tools they need to take control of their bodies, minds, educations, and careers while helping to produce a cultural shift that will help our community see girls as equal to boys.
New Directions Career Center
New Directions Career Center’s Women’s Advocacy Program
The Women’s Advocacy Program is a leadership and nonprofit board training program for women who have experienced life circumstances requiring them to seek local social services. The goal is to ensure that programs and policies designed to support women and families include their voices and perspectives. The Women’s Advocacy Program’s 2022 cohort will receive training in leadership skills, public speaking, advocacy, communications, board responsibilities, and community engagement. Cohort 2021 and Cohort 2022 graduates are placed on boards and board committees across Central Ohio to inform programs and policies that serve women and families.
Ohio Women’s Alliance
Advocates for a Better Ohio
Advocates for a Better Ohio is a year-long fellowship and campaign training program for women community leaders pursuing positive change in their communities. Fellows commit to monthly training sessions that sharpen their skills in community organizing, campaign planning, issue-based advocacy, and organizational financial management. Fellows will also work with Ohio Women’s Alliance staff and their peers to develop and implement a campaign throughout 2022 to engage more women across the state of Ohio in issue-based advocacy and voting.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
The Ohio Center for Sex Education Peer Education Program
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s education arm, the Ohio Center for Sex Education (OCSE), runs an innovative Peer Education Program that engages young people by training them about reproductive and sexual health education while strengthening their confidence, leadership, and presentation skills. Because we know that teens often turn to their friends with questions about sexual health, peer educators share their newfound knowledge with peers to improve their collective understanding of reproductive health and sexuality. Peer educators work to help prevent unintended pregnancy, reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections, and combat harmful gender stereotypes in their schools and communities.
Policy Matters Ohio
Childcare for All
Policy Matters Ohio’s long-term goal is to make childcare affordable for all who need it, pay childcare workers a living wage, and help more women get and keep good jobs. Right now, a single mother of two, earning $15/hour spends more than half her income on childcare but makes too much to qualify for public support. The women who work in childcare, who are disproportionately Black women, earn so little they need assistance, too. Policy Matters Ohio advocates for affordable high-quality childcare and a living wage for childcare workers through research, public education, strategic communications, and coalition building.
Proyecto Mariposas ★
Valiente | Fuerte | Latina (Brave | Strong | Latina)
The Valiente | Fuerte | Latina is a multi-part program for girls and women ages 8 and up. The annual program combines hands-on self-esteem activities, conversations, and resilience and personal skill building activities that are designed and developed to foster culture, elevate the voices of girls, and build relationships with mothers or caring adults. Through the program, we address the topics of self-confidence, cultural biases, and gender gaps. The program is offered in English and Spanish providing a space for heritage participants to feel comfortable and safe.
WorkSpace is a 12-month, leadership and professional development, career accelerator program for millennial and Gen Z Black women and women of color. Through in-person and virtual programming along with transformational access to mentors, peer networks, and jobs, WorkSpace provides Black and WOC professionals with the information, connections, transferable skills, leadership development, and glass-breaking confidence to #ThriveIN their careers. WorkSpace also includes an interactive portal with resources and a job board for women of color job seekers, removing key barriers to employment such as racial and gender bias, while creating more diverse and equitable work cultures for women.
Vote Mama Foundation
Vote Mama Foundation: Allowing Campaign Funds to be used for Childcare in Ohio
Being a mother and running for office are both full time jobs with no salary. Vote Mama Foundation is working to pass legislation in Ohio that would allow state and local candidates to use Campaign Funds for Childcare (CFCC), to ensure that no mother is locked out of running for office due to an inability to afford care for her children while campaigning. By breaking this structural and financial barrier, Vote Mama Foundation is making it possible for more mothers to bring their lived experience to the decision-making table to advocate for women, girls, and working families at all levels of government.
We Amplify Voices
We, The Change Girls’ Leadership Intensive
“We, The Change” is a series of arts-based, trauma-informed workshops geared toward Columbus-city middle schoolers. Throughout the academic year, participants meet at designated hours with a team of professional musicians, producers, videographers, and visual artists to explore modes of creative expression and mindfulness practices anchored in a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. The Girls’ Leadership Intensive, a ten-day summer immersion program, tailors this curriculum for a cohort of 16 girls selected from the larger group. Through self-compassion-centered mentorship across artistic mediums, participants cultivate the tools to dismantle the gendered roadblocks that keep girls from embracing their full leadership potential.
★ Recipient of funds raised by the Monica Terez Girl Power Fund