Development Update November 2015

Fundraising-tree

As most of our supporters already know, we are anxious to bring our work to communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, where WSWI in headquartered. There are thousands of women and transitional aged youth dreaming of change in their lives right here in our own backyard. WSWI and the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA have agreed to collaborate on the delivery of two courses to offer both groups.

The Micro-Business Owner course is a series of workshops and labs to explore the fundamentals of business ownership and essentials of personal leadership. Similar to the business planning workshops we do in Nairobi, the outcome is an actionable business plan. This course also includes mentorship as part of participant support.

The Community Leadership Institute is a 12-week program for community change agents. Starting with self-assessments of personality, communication, and leadership styles, participants link their visions with their values and begin to define the problem they wish to solve. Again, the outcome is a plan. Participants engage with guest speakers who are successful community leaders, learn how promote their agenda, and organize community dialog.

Thanks to the a generous grant from the Betsy Gordon Foundation and donations from our supporter that attended our launch last August, we were able to hire a grant writer who has submitted over twenty proposals to fund one or both of these programs; both require $10,000 each to deliver. We’ve also hired a virtual assistant to help the board with administration, an ongoing need. So we hope that you’ll continue to think of us as you offer your end-of-year, holiday gifts to charities. Click here to donate to WSWI.

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