2022 Women and Girls Fund Members Only Live Ballot
This exclusive opportunity for members of the Women and Girls Fund, invites members to help decide which nonprofit should be the recipient of $50,000.
This year, the Women and Girls Fund will support the following programs, totaling $50,000:
Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic: $20,268. The Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic (Fredericksburg Area Regional Health Council, Inc.) will receive full funding to support their "Focus on Women's Health" program.
STEM Education and Innovation Center: $15,000. STEM Education and Innovation Center will receive full funding for their TechBridge Girls and Virginia-Out-of-School Time Program.
Rapahannock Area YMCA: $14,732. The YMCA will receive partial funding for their "YCMA Power Scholars Academy" program.
Fredericksburg Area Regional Health Council IncProject: Moss Free Clinic: Focus on Women's Health
Requested Amount: $20,268
Project Description: Reduce the rate of late-stage diagnoses and mortality with an emphasis on Women’s Health.
- Conduct two four-hour evening Women’s Health Clinics per month.
- Exam/treat a minimum of eight (8) patients during each Women’s Health Clinics (192 annually.)
- Purchase an exam table specifically designed for gynecological exams.
- Purchase clinical supplies specifically designed for women’s examinations.
Healthy Families Rappahannock Area
Project: What if she knew?
Requested Amount: $15,000
Project Description: Awareness is the key to supporting mothers in our community. No mother should ever feel that she has to travel this journey of motherhood alone. HFRA helps mothers IDENTIFY the best version of themselves, PARTNER with mothers for success in parenting and EMPOWERS mothers to raise healthy children. The “What if She Knew” project is to help promote awareness of support available for free and increase knowledge of Healthy Families Rappahannock Area in our community to all mothers.
The activities for this project are:
- New web design for HFRA which will allow easier access as well as allow HFRA to be the number one solution a new mother is seeking. This new web design will also link possible donors to ways they can support new mothers in our community as well.
- Redesign infomercials. Once uploaded, HFRA will deliver to community partners (Hospitals, OB/GYN and social media sites).
- QR codes: HFRA will ensure all marketing materials have the HFRA QR code which will link new mothers directly to the website.
- Update marketing tools (Brochures, screens, etc.)
Success of this project will show in the increase number of awareness as well as donations provided to support new mothers in our community.
The projects success will be determined by the number of screens/referrals received from those who learned about the program through the use of this project. We also believe that this project will play a key role in the support that is offered from Community Partners being aware of what is available to those they support as well.
Strategic use of this project in creating a donation button on the new web design will also provide a way for new donors to be involved with HFRA. We will be able to measure the success of this project through the number of new donors created, screens received and awareness provided to our community.
HFRA seeks to serve new mothers living in Planning District 16 (city of Fredericksburg and the counties of King George, Caroline, Stafford and Spotsylvania).
Having a new baby can be very scary; especially when they do not come home with a “how to guide”. Some new mothers can feel so alone on this journey. Sometimes our own childhood can be a reason of this scare. Many times, we as mothers question ourselves and wonder if we are even capable of being a good mom. For the mothers involved with Healthy Families, they do not have to worry about taking this journey alone. Healthy Families Rappahannock Area helps mothers IDENTIFY the best version of themselves. HFRA works with mothers to recognize their strengths and help them build on those. HFRA PARTNERS with mothers for success in parenting. By building strong parent-child interaction skills, our community cannot help but to have strong women that can impact the community in a positive way. HFRA also EMPOWERS mothers to raise healthy children. HFRA believes mothers are capable of being a good parent, they just do not have to do this journey alone.
The "What if She Knew" project is an existing project. This proposal is to expand and renew a way of awareness. Since many are using some type of technology to seek a solution, HFRA believes that this expansion will help to build the awareness in our community. HFRA is seeking $15,000 to help in this expansion. This Project will add to our already collected $5,000 in donations collected toward the re-design.
Rappahannock Area YMCA
Project: YMCA Power Scholars Academy
Requested Amount: $16875
Project Description:YMCA Power Scholars Program is a 4/5 week, full day summer learning program for at risk students. Transportation, breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. The goal of the YMCA Power Scholars program is to mitigate summer learning loss and increase confidence in learning.
The design includes:
- Strong partnerships between YMCAs, schools and community partners
- Serving at least 80 scholars at a school with the Title I designation or that has a significant number of families with limited financial resources
- Providing scholars access to a positive developmental experience through both an academic-focused program and enrichments that strengthen social-emotional and physical development
- Maintaining a minimum 1:8 staff to scholar ratio for all activities
The PSA program uses research and evidence based BELL Curriculum created specifically for this program. Each student receives a consumable student kit.
Project success is monitored by pre/post testing, student, teacher and parent evaluations.
The leadership for the program are women - The COO, The Executive Director and the Site Director. The girls population the program serves are those that attend a Title 1 school and are at risk academically and socioeconomically. The approximate number of girls that will be served is 250.
Supplies to support project: Curriculum cost is $135 for the approximately 240 female scholars for the research and evidence based BELL Curriculum created specifically for PSA. Each scholar receives a consumable kit that includes a set of reading books as well as math manipulatives that can be taken home once the program has finished. The funds would help with funding when expanding to the City of Fredericksburg.
STEM Education and Innovation Center
Project: TechBridge Girls, a nationally recognized nonprofit and Virginia Out-of-School Time to provide a STEM educational experience
Requested Amount: $15,000
Project Description: STEM EIC project goal is to provide new opportunities that improve achievement, increase enrollments in STEM and related disciplines, and provide an innovative skilled workforce through:
- Alignment with National Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that draws on girls’
- interests and lived experiences;
- and communicating to young girls of color that STEM can be used to creatively solve problems in their communities and create social change.
Girls* see themselves reflected in the STEM revolution, and are confident in their ability to transform it.
Christina Clark, STEM EIC, Founder/Executive Director will lead the program design and implementation, Carrie Richburg-Wilson, has experience in program implementation and support in public housing communities. and will provide experts additionally, we have a partnership with local Girl Scout Troop Leaders, The Contientials Women Organization, Aquia Chapter.
In order to ensure we bring the program together, we are creating a team of female educators and female STEM professionals to serve as role models and facilitators for each location. Each member of the team will attend Techbridges curricula and rigorous training, Afterschool educators and STEM professionals reflect on their biases and power imbalance, gain confidence to implement culturally relevant practices to their environments, and learn strategies for centering marginalized identities in STEM. Techbridge program will begin the third week of May and continue through July one day a week session at 3 locations.
- 10 - 15 students per class
- 2 instructors to lead each session
- STEM Volunteer Assistants
- Each class comprises 90 minutes of engagement
- The age range is 3rd - 8th grade
- Inspire (3th-5th): Inspire Girls STEM Club encourages girls* to explore 12 different hands-on STEM activities that allow her to relate STEM concepts to the world around her.
- Changemakers Program (6th-8th): Changemakers build girls’* STEM identity and sense of belonging so they persist in their STEM journey.
STEM, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEM) is critical for this and future generations to thrive and gain access to a workforce that needs them. Studies show that if students have exposure to STEM, even only an hour per week, they are more likely to believe that a STEM career is available to them.
Supplies to support project: During this 12-week program, STEM EIC will provide a STEM coordinator, a healthy snack, and personnel to work with students at the Dorothy Hart Center and surrounding community centers within the PH. TechBridge Girls will provide the training, curriculum, and family engagement materials. STEM EIC will put together mobile STEM Kits for each site to ensure and materials are readily available. Additionally, we will need Ipads for individual learning as well as tools for end of session surveys.