WHEN WOMEN THRIVE,
MISSISSIPPI THRIVES.

 The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is the only grantmaking and advocacy organization in the state entirely dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide. Our mission is clear: economic security for women.

Women have greater opportunity for upward mobility and economic sustainability when they can plan for pregnancy, earn a degree or receive relevant job training, and pursue a viable career with a livable income. By cultivating social change, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is committed to helping women and girls transcend our state’s dire social and economic barriers – because when women are economically secure, safe, and healthy, then families and communities are economically secure, safe, and healthy.

When women thrive, Mississippi thrives.

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We’re pointing Mississippi’s women toward a brighter path from the beginning. The Women’s Foundation funds early education programs to ensure critical development for our youngest girls. Our grants create greater access to childcare, which increases opportunity for young mothers to complete school and pursue careers. This two-generation approach dramatically changes the course for Mississippi’s women. Families grow stronger while the next generation is empowered with greater opportunity.

Mississippi’s young girls face some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation. This economic impact of the high rate of teen pregnancy costs our state hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

Our advocacy work helps pass legislation and amend state sexual education policies to create greater access to sexual and reproductive health information as well as healthcare, testing and birth control. We make it our mission to promote fact-based sexual education and pregnancy prevention programs including in-school clinics. To create even greater access to life-saving and life-changing information, The Women’s Foundation developed Fact Not Fiction – an ongoing series of online and social-media content that inspires, educates and entertains. By reaching teens on their social platforms, we are able to better lead them to the sexual health resources they need.

Early adulthood is an especially pivotal point for life choices. Committing to education or job training creates a path to opportunity for years to come.  The Women’s Foundation focuses on guidance, education and marketable job skills. Research shows that the opportunity to pursue college and careers greatly improves outcomes for women and their families. We partner with community colleges in every region of the state to eliminate hurdles and increase access to viable education. Just as important, we ensure these women get the encouragement and support to complete their degree. From academic preparation to textbooks and transportation, we equip them to succeed.

Trying to jumpstart a career after starting a family is a daunting hurdle. But for Mississippi’s single-parent households, that hurdle is twice as challenging. Given our state’s high rate of single-parent households, the Women’s Foundation takes a “two-generation” approach to make a greater impact on familial and financial stability. We fund programs to educate and support young mothers, grandmothers and their children. For the caregivers, this means training linked to high-wage jobs. For their children this means early education and quality childcare, so mom can actually go to that good job. To increase access to opportunity, we provide grants to community colleges and childhood education programs throughout the state.

Older women face increasingly limited job opportunities in Mississippi. Whether they lack the qualifications to advance in the workplace or missed out on emerging job skills, education is crucial to stability. In some community college programs, we found that over 15% of the students are age 55+. In some cases, these women are attempting to finally complete their education after 30-years of starting and stopping school due to life events. The Women’s Foundation funds programs to support and assist their return to school as well as mentorships to help them reach their goals.   

Another hurdle for this age group is the fact that grandmothers serve as the primary caregiver for many Mississippi families. In addition to our community college programs, The Women’s Foundation invests in two-generation programs that also address the needs of the young children in their families.

Breaking the cycle.
Creating opportunity.

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FEATURED GRANTS

Northeast MS Community College

Focus: Access to Opportunity

Northeast MS Community College

Female students enrolled in NEMCC’S Career Pathway program receive financial assistance for tuition, textbooks and childcare, as well as transportation needs like gas cards and car repairs. Students also go through the Tiger W.O.R.K.S. program for career counseling and employability training, including 12 months of post-exit follow-up services.
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Children’s Defense Fund

Focus: Better Futures

Children’s Defense Fund

The Reproductive Health Ambassador program recruits and trains young women to educate their peers and parents about sexual health and relationships. Provided by the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, these women have access to comprehensive workshops and opportunities to shadow professionals in the reproductive health field.
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Tunica Teens in Action

Focus: Planned Pregnancy

Tunica Teens in Action

Teens in rural areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to the availability of proper sexual education. The Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) curriculum helps address this issue and has been expanded its reach to over 100 additional teens in Tunica County. In addition to teen mentoring and peer coaching, annual countywide conferences are held to address and reinforce fact-based sexual education and behavior. The goal is to reduce teen pregnancy by 20% and the STI rate by 15%.

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Holmes Community College

Focus: Access to Opportunity

Holmes Community College

Low-income, first-generation, and disabled female students face even more obstacles than their peers on their way to graduating. The Women’s Emergency Fund helps lower these hurdles, providing financial support for food, gas, medicine and childcare. Students also have access to tutoring, career services and the “New Beginnings” support group.
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JSU – Bridge to Success

Focus: Planned Pregnancy

JSU – Bridge to Success

Incoming college freshman are particularly at risk for unplanned pregnancies, leading to a decrease in student retention and the overall graduation rate. This JSU program works to reverse this trend by educating incoming freshman about sexual health and how to avoid unwanted pregnancies, as well as providing accurate information about STIs. Weekly workshops utilizing the BART (Becoming a Responsible Teen) curriculum are the central focus.
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