WFGM, Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE's Technology, Community, Youth and Employment Program visited Tennessee State University during their summer experience.
This month we highlight two unique programs, Technology, Community, Youth, and Employment Program (TCYEP) and Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE). As part of WFGM's holistic two-generation approach of lifting women and children together, we support programs that introduce youth to new educational and leadership opportunities.
TCYEP provides teens from inner-city, economically deprived neighborhoods the opportunity to gain greater exposure to technology, develop a stronger sense of community through public service projects, and work to meet daily and weekly goals in a structured environment.
GEE is an interactive, fast-paced summer program involving a number of activities designed to motivate and challenge middle and high school girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers that are traditionally underrepresented by women. GEE has engaged thousands of young women, and hundreds of teachers and peer mentors.
We encourage you to learn more about the impact these programs are making in our Grantee Partner Spotlight and to make a gift that shows your support for the future of Memphis.
The Women's Foundation's commitment to women and children is demonstrated through our grant making to more than 100 non-profits programs across Memphis.
Last year, we invested $625,000 into 29 programs that create hope and opportunity for thousands of families.
2013-2014 Annual Fund Campaign
We offer our heartfelt gratitude to each of our individual and corporate donors, along with local and national foundations who are investing in the growth, development and economic security of women and children in Memphis.
The 2013-2014 Annual Fund Campaign was another fundraising success, totaling more than $1,500,000. Under the leadership of our board of directors and the investment of more than 2,000 donors with gifts ranging from $2 to $200,000, we are proud of our collective strength and giving spirit. By working together to achieve a new level of catalytic philanthropy, we are raising more resources, and supporting innovative programming.
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LEADERSHIP AND RECOGNITION
WFGM Announces Installment of New Officers and Board Members
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2014-15 executive committee, new officers and incoming board members:
Officers and Executive Committee: Andrea Bienstock, Chair; Jennifer Oswalt, Secretary; Mary Wolff, Treasurer and Finance Chair; Marcia Bowden, M.D., Education and Training Chair; Beverly Cross, Ph.D., Grants and Research Chair; Mary H. McDaniel, Development Chair; Susan Stephenson, Memphis HOPE Development Chair; Anita S. Vaughn, Human Resources Chair; and Becky Jones West, Trustees Chair.
New Officers: Gale Jones Carson, Marketing and Communications Chair; Sharon R. Ryan, Policies and Procedures Chair; and Gretchen Wollert McLennon, Board Development and Nominations Chair.
New Board Members
Kim Alexander, Vice President of Human Resources, FedEx Express and Gina Myers, Senior Wealth Advisor, United Capital Private Wealth Counseling.
See complete list of 2014-15 Board of Directors
Salute to Outgoing Board Members
It is an honor and pleasure to offer our gratitude and enormous appreciation to our outgoing board members for their commitment and service to the Foundation.
Pamela Clary, Executive Vice President, Community Capital and ComCap Advisors; Lauryce Graves-McIver, Director of Regional Resource Development, The Salvation Army; Elise L. Jordan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis, FedEx Express; and Dr. Linda Lazar, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee at Memphis.
GRANTEE PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
WFGM invests in several youth development programs that impact the futures of youth in Memphis. Among them are two programs with an emphasis on non-traditional careers for women and technology.
Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE)
(L) Girls get hands on experience in STEM. (R) GEE past participants Patrice Thomas and Tierra Hill.
GEE is facilitated by the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis and highlights career opportunities in engineering fields. Over the past 10 years, GEE has engaged more than 1,200 girls, with 100% of the girls graduating high school and enroll in college and 37% of them are enrolled in STEM majors.
Patrice Thomas and Tierra Hill are two past GEE participants who excelled and are pursuing STEM careers. Thomas recently graduated from the University of Memphis, with a degree in civil engineering. As a long-time participant in GEE, Thomas became a leader and mentor to many girls in the program, including Hill. Because of GEE, Hill is now a freshman at the University of Memphis, also majoring in civil engineering. Read more...
Technology and Community Youth Education Program (TCYEP)
TCYEP focuses on leadership, career development, college readiness, mentoring, computer technology, life skills and financial literacy. The reinforcement of math skills, utilizing the Summer Online Learning Experience (S.O.L.E.) program, has also been incorporated. Since 2009, over 200 students have graduated from the TCYEP program, earning more than $170,000 in summer stipends.
This summer students worked together to build trust, visited college campuses across Tennessee, and performed community cleanups. TCYEP students recently graduated from the program on July 10. The class created a blog to celebrate each participant's creative expression and self-reflection. Read more...
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
WFGM Annual Report
With generous support from donors like you, the Women's Foundation has been able to make vast accomplishments locally, regionally and nationally.
Parenting with Hope
Church Health Center
1115 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Community Room A & B
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP by August 4 to Timishia Ortiz
or call 901-701-2301
WEBINAR: Human Trafficking and the Tennessee Women's Funds Alliance:
A Partnership of Sister Funds Resulting in Statewide Social Change
Hosted by the Women's Funding Network
Monday, August 14, 2014
Hall of Legends Grand Opening Reception
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
6225 Humphreys Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38120
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Power of the Purse Auction
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Chickasaw Country Club
3395 Galloway Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WFGM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Communications & Marketing
Special Event Support
To volunteer, e-mail Joyce Presley
or call 901-969-2406.
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
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or you witness activity you believe
to be related to sex trafficking,
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