Capacity Building in Mississippi to Reduce Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Finding too few qualified applicants for WFM grants that support the provision of sexual and reproductive health education to young people in Mississippi was the origin of a capacity building initiate at the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi (WFM).
WFM partnered with the Management Assistance Group (MAG) to design the Capacity Building grant-making strategy, facilitate a state convening, provide capacity building support, and reflect on lessons learned.
Read the case study here: Capacity Building Case Study June 2016
Two statewide statistics are revealing: #1: 70% of teen pregnancies in Mississippi are among 18- and 19-year-olds, and #2: it takes an average of seven years for a student to complete a degree at community college. We believe that those two statistics are related, and our goal is to decrease both of those numbers.
In 2014, the Women’s Foundation commissioned a survey by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research of women attending community college in Mississippi. Informed by the findings of that survey — and the supports and practices it revealed that women need to succeed in college and attain economic security — the Foundation has awarded a total of $670,000 in grants in support of innovative, woman-focused programs run by, or in close collaboration with, community colleges.
These case studies highlight the successes, challenges, and lessons learned by these 2014?2015 grantees and program participants.
Read the case studies here: Access to Opportunity Case Study
Access to Opportunity: A Closer Look at the EMPOWR Program
Access to Opportunity: A Closer Look at the Women’s Emergency Fund