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2020 Grant Partner Spotlight Series: Part 5

June 19, 2020

Our collective power creates social change that transforms the lives of women and girls. We invest in building the capacity of 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: United Schools Network supports confident girls, CelebrateOne works to expand sex education, United Way of Central Ohio equips women for the board room, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio supports peer education virtually. 


United Schools Network

United Schools Network is a group of charter schools that are combining academic excellence with integrity to position central Ohio students for success. The Women’s Fund supports United Schools Network’s partnership with Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX). Rocking ROX at USN, creates social change by providing exceptional empowerment programming to 5th-8th grade girls in order to foster generations of confident girls who control their own relationships, experiences, decisions, and futures.

Rocking ROX at USN programming started before the school closed due to the pandemic and had a tremendous impact on the female scholars and staff that participated. Once schools closed and scholars started at-home learning, United Schools Network shifted to provide Chromebooks to girls in need.

“We are committed to meeting our scholars’ technology needs so every one of them can advance educationally alongside their more affluent peers. Research shows that one in five K-12 students do not have computer or internet access to complete coursework at home, with low-income families and students of color having greater lack of access. Providing Chromebooks to USN scholars is helping remove several learning barriers they now face without access to school or public libraries”
– Taylor Trejo, Development Manager


CelebrateOne

CelebrateOne is a collective-impact initiative created to reduce Franklin County’s infant mortality rate and increase the number of babies in Franklin County that live and thrive to age one by eliminating preventable sleep related deaths, reducing the number of preterm births, and improving service delivery to families most impacted by health disparities. 

CelebrateOne is creating social change by leading a Teen Reproductive Health Education Committee to increase access to evidence-based, comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in Franklin County. 

The Women’s Fund supports CelebrateOne’s expansion of teen reproductive health education. In partnership with the Columbus Women’s Commission, this expansion project aims to work with one public school district in Franklin County to create and implement district-wide health education standards that include comprehensive, medially-accurate sex education.


United Way of Central Ohio

The Women’s Leadership Council, an affinity group of United Way of Central Ohio, developed E3 – Educate, Empower, Elevate – a program to help local women become educated, empowered, and elevated by obtaining the education and training needed to secure jobs with a livable wage. 

The Women’s Fund supports the E3 Advocacy Program, which focuses on nonprofit board training for women who have been part of the E3 Program. This program creates social change as participants develop the confidence and skills needed to be successful community board or committee members with a seat at decision-making tables.

“Now more than ever with inequalities being so recognized across the country, it is important to have diversity represented. Traditionally, nonprofit boards lack representation from women and families who represent the demographics of their client population. E3 participants often express the desire to give back. There is a stereotype that women living in poverty are doing so as a result of life choices, or that they made decisions to stay in poverty rather than to find pathways to higher living wage. This program illustrates that these women want to take an active role not only changing their own lives, but also creating opportunities for women in similar situations.”
– Patty Tumen, E3 Program Manager


Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

The Peer Education Program, led by Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and the Ohio Center for Sex Education, recruits and trains young people to be peer educators. Peer Educators receive training in an evidence-based prevention curriculum focused on health, sexuality, advocacy, presentation techniques, and answering difficult questions. Participants create social change by directly educating their peers and community members on preventing unintended pregnancies, reducing sexually transmitted infections, and combating harmful gender stereotypes. They are empowered to advocate for changes in government and school policy to encourage reproductive rights and comprehensive sexuality education.

Participants create social change by directly educating their peers and community members on preventing unintended pregnancies, reducing sexually transmitted infections, and combating harmful gender stereotypes. They are empowered to advocate for changes in government and school policy to encourage reproductive rights and comprehensive sexuality education.

“Once school closings were announced, we transitioned Peer Education cohort meetings and programming to virtual meetings through a video conferencing platform. Instead of engaging in face-to-face conversations with their classmates and friends, Peer Educators are now encouraged to connect with others via social media and text messages. After all of these weeks, we have seen the resilience and grit of so many of our Peer Educators. They are particularly interested in learning more about the intersections of social justice and sexual health and are excited to be involved in the development of training materials for future cohorts of peer educators. The impact of this program is vitally important – especially now. Although schools have closed their doors, youth have not stopped being curious about sex and their sexuality. Therefore, sex education must remain a priority.”
– Diego Espino, Vice President of Community Engagement