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WNY Women's Foundation's most recent large investment is the pilot program MOMs: From Education to Employment® Program participants are offered a variety of academic and career supports which are continually enhanced based on participant feedback as the program progresses. Working closely with program coaches, we have already seen movement towards the goal of family sustaining jobs for single mothers in the program.
Click here to read the article about the MOMs: From Education to Employment program in our most recent newsletter.
After 7 semesters, 276 mothers have enrolled in the program (259 students, 17 alumni). These mothers represent over 400 children who have also benefited from the program. Seventy-Five of these students have graduated!
The program has achieved the following outcomes after the 6 semester pilot program at NCCC:
This initiative was originally designed to reach 80-100 low-income single mothers each semester over three years, and we will likely have the opportunity to serve more women than expected. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in career and academic coaching, peer mentoring, financial aid and career planning workshops, and study groups specifically created for the participants and supported by childcare opportunities through NCCC's accredited Child Development Center.
According to our Pathways to Progress Report, education and career development are the most powerful tools for developing sustainable career pathways and economic independence. For women raising children on their own and living in poverty, in order to get back on her feet and headed toward economic security, she may need support with life skills - from parenting to managing money - and ultimately education and training geared toward sustainable employment. The MOMS: From Education to Employment initiative is a tailored program that coordinates education, experience and skills development, and aligns both educational goals with careers that provide a family-sustaining wage.
Community Foundation for
Greater Buffalo, First Niagara Foundation, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Joseph and Anna Gartner Fund,
Josephine Goodyear Foundation, Joy Family Foundation, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, Phil & Nicole Nobel,
WNY Power Authority, Hodgson Russ LLP, Niagara Area Foundation, National Grid, Garman Family Foundation, Elf Foundation
and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.