New Women New Yorkers (NWNY), founded in 2014, provides immigrant women with training, resources, and support to help them secure their first paying, fulfilling job in the NYC workforce or to pursue higher education. New Women New Yorkers also offers a safe, transformative space where immigrant women can build community, experience and demonstrate leadership, and share their stories. To date, a total of 170 immigrant women have participated in NWNY workforce development programs.
Looking to the future, NWNY wants to expand their outreach reach to immigrant women and provide more opportunities for them to interact professionally through partnerships with industry. W4W wants to help NWNY build a direct system of referrals for graduates to jobs, internships, training programs, and other professional development opportunities; and, increase outreach to marginalized immigrant women.
Bottomless Closet, established in 1999, serves disadvantaged New York City women in preparing for job interviews and supporting their entry or reentry into the workforce. The women come from diverse backgrounds and experiences including women who are on public assistance, formerly incarcerated, single mothers, survivors of domestic violence, and women living in shelters. The services offered include the selection of high quality interview attire, 1:1 resume review/ preparation and interview coaching as well as a broad workshop curriculum that promotes professional development, financial management and personal enrichment. Since its beginnings, Bottomless Closet has had over 35,000 client interactions. This year, Bottomless Closet hopes to serve 2,400 women. Their clients say Bottomless Closet is the key factor to their success.
Looking to the future, Bottomless Closet has a diverse mix of goals to grow its donor, partner and client base, as well as expand its service offerings. W4W wants to help Bottomless Closet procure sustainable sources of in-kind products such as hygiene kits as well as funding for programmatic additions to staff and space for future growth.
Raising HOPE (Help, Opportunity, Passion, Empowerment), established in 2008, gives women the tools they need to become financially and emotionally independent through a women to women mentoring program. This program was created out of the need to curtail the chances that women transitioning from domestic violence or homeless shelters or re-entering the community after incarceration or substance abuse treatment would likely end up re-entering the social service or criminal justice system. Over the past 10 years, Raising HOPE has assisted 200 women in Ulster County to achieve some or all of their academic and vocational goals. Women who participate in the year-long program are typically single mothers between the ages of 25 and 40, however there is also a smaller segment of women over the age of 40 who are in transition and seek support, guidance, and financial assistance.
Looking to the future, Raising HOPE wants to build organizational infrastructure to address the demand for this program as they currently are not able to serve all the women who qualify. W4W wants to help Raising HOPE build the organizational infrastructure necessary to double the number of new women served from 20 to 40 per year as well as providing additional aftercare services post the one-year program.
Girls Inc. of Westchester Countyfounded in 2007, is a local affiliate of Girls Incorporated, a 150 year-old national organization with over 85 chapters in the U.S. and Canada providing girls-only programs to inspire girls to grow up strong, smart, and bold. Programs are targeted to girls ages 9 to 18 with a focus on the middle and high school years, the developmentally crucial stages when having a girls-only space to share, build confidence, and interact with positive role models can provide these at risk girls with a strong foundation for future economic and job security. Currently Girls Inc. of Westchester County provides different levels of service to 800 girls a year who attend one of six schools in the county. Out of the 800, 100 receive 25-30 hours of high impact services.
Looking to the future, Girls Inc. of Westchester County is committed to increasing 1. breadth of services – growing from 100 to 365+ girls who receive high impact services; and, 2. depth of services by increasing the number of hours spent with the girls from 30 to 50 hours per year. W4W wants to help Girls Inc. of Westchester Country build the organizational team, staff and volunteers, necessary to increase the number of girls impacted as well as the depth of services they receive.