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2020 Grant Partner Spotlight Series: Part 2

May 15, 2020

Our collective power creates social change that transforms the lives of women and girls. We invest in building the capacity of our grant partners who make long-lasting change a reality. Through our Grant Partner Spotlight series, we’re proud to share with you the tremendous work they’re doing.
 
Featured: Eryn PiNK continues programming virtually, The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network doubles down on advocacy, and Femergy celebrates graduates of the Enrichment Institute for Women.


Eryn PiNK

Eryn PiNK is a fictional 12-year-old character designed to be a positive representation of what a girl is today. Based on her story, Eryn PiNK Ltd. is an empowerment and mentoring organization for girls and teens. 

The Women’s Fund supports their signature programs including Lunch Box Girl Talk School Program, Give That Girl the Mic, and She’s Gold Workshops. Through these programs, Eryn PiNK is creating social change by empowering black girls to challenge stereotypes and position themselves as confident leaders. Since many of these programs happen in schools, Eryn PiNK shares how they have made changes to support program participants while at home:

“We provide resources and mentorship to empower girls, specifically black girls, to disrupt stereotypes and speak up to create a more equitable reality where they are comfortable advocating for themselves, their families, and their communities. It is important, now more than ever, that their voices are empowered and they are prepared to make sure and safe decisions while staying encouraged and motivated. We use social media platforms and email to stay in contact with our students who have access. We are also supporting our partner school’s efforts to increase participation for online learning by continuing a cycle of our school program via Zoom meetings. We are actively transferring our curriculum into a digital format to be sure we can serve our students while they are learning from home.


The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network

Formed in 2015 with a seed grant from The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund, The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network is a coalition of more than 30 organizations who work collaboratively to advocate for policies that build economic opportunity for women and families, such as paid family leave and pay equity. The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network is a multiyear strategic grant partner creating social change by shifting policy to reflect the needs of women and families.
The Women’s Public Policy Network has doubled down its advocacy of key issues – paid family leave, child care, and fair wages – with a critical focus on state and federal level legislative efforts that respond to the devastating consequences of COVID-19, particularly for women who are on the frontlines of this crisis as caregivers and essential workers. They recently collaborated with partners to co-release a resource that helps working people and families navigate the new emergency paid sick and paid leave benefits passed by Congress (see below) and they continue to call on policymakers to expand these programs to protect more working people.

Femergy

Femergy equips girls and women with the tools to navigate and soar through gender, economic, and social barriers so that they can be healthy, educated, and independent. The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio funds Femergy’s Enrichment Institute for Women (EIW), a leadership training and support program for entry level professionals with the desire to advance, lead, and create change in their careers and community.

“The biggest lesson I learned is not be afraid to be myself. I have been so shy especially as I have gotten older and now I feel more in tune with myself and my inner voice. I am prepared to not only be my own voice but be a voice for others. This program has allowed me to come out of my shell. I am beyond thankful for this program and these amazing women I have met. I know because of this program I will be successful throughout my college experience and in my career in my future.”