Live & Learn and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation have been named Bank of America’s 2021 Neighborhood Builders for their efforts to improve women’s personal and financial empowerment.
The highly competitive, invitation-only grant awards $ 200,000 to local organizations to increase impact by covering leadership training for organization leaders. The program is America’s largest investment in community leadership development.
Since 2003, Bank of America has invested $ 6.8 million in 36 Phoenix area nonprofits as part of the Neighborhood Builder program. Under the program, Bank of America has invested more than $ 280 million in over 1,400 nonprofits in 50 communities across the country.
The 2021 Bank of America Phoenix Area winners both focus on helping women living in intergenerational poverty improve their livelihoods and reduce their reliance on government programs.
Learn to live
Live & Learn is focused on helping women in Maricopa County break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and offers women a two-year program – individually tailored to each woman – to give them the stability, careers and independence to overcome their dependence on government End support. Each year the program helps 150 women, of whom 450 are currently on Live & Learn’s waiting list.
“Women who live in poverty face complex, systemic barriers to changing their circumstances and giving their children a better future. If we don’t offer a viable way of economic mobility, poverty will deepen with each generation, ”said Kristin Chatsworth, Executive Director of Live & Learn. “Funding Bank of America will allow us to increase our workforce, empower more women, and raise public awareness of the issues.”
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
The Fresh Start Women’s Foundation has helped women gain the resources, skills, and sustainable behavioral changes they need to achieve and achieve economic independence.
Through the economic and social stability of women, the non-profit organization aims to give women the opportunity to complete an education which the group believes is crucial for economic mobility. “For many of the women we care for, chronic poverty stress is stifling their ability to make effective use of educational and employment opportunities day in and day out, a limitation that ultimately leaves them and their children in dire straits,” said Fresh Start CEO and President Kim McWaters.
The organization was the first in Arizona to use Mobility Mentoring with Economic Mobility Pathways to help women overcome intergenerational poverty. According to a press release, “Fresh Start will use the Neighborhood Builders Grant to build capacity and expand its comprehensive range of services to support women on their journey into self-employment, education and careers.”