"Safe Dates" Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Serving: Approximately 1,450 girls and women
Areas: Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Crowley, Euless, Fort Worth, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Saginaw
Funds from The SHINE Initiative will support the delivery of Safe Dates presentations throughout the 2017 fall semester (August-December 2017) in middle and high schools throughout Tarrant County.
The Rise and SHINE Grant funds will support the delivery of Safe Dates in approximately 30 middle and high schools throughout Tarrant County. Safe Dates is a comprehensive, evidence-based youth dating violence prevention program for students 8th-12th grades delivered by SafeHaven's trained prevention specialists in classrooms and small group settings.
Girls and young women, ages 16-24, experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Adolescents in their earliest relationships are vulnerable to becoming victims of controlling and abusive behavior, establishing a pattern that can repeat their entire lives. Safe Dates' 7-session prevention curriculum reaches both girls and boys to develop healthy attitudes and realistic expectations about relationships. Safe Dates works to reduce dating violence and bring an end to domestic violence.
"Wellness for Life" Mobile Health Screenings for Women
Serving: 5,000 women
Areas: Arlington, Benbrook, Forest Hills, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Saginaw, Southlake, Watagua, White Settlement
Funding from The SHINE Initiative will support the Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program as they serve indigent women in need of early detection and preventative health services. The Mobile Health Program is designed to provide primary and secondary early detection services to populations of under-served, uninsured, and culturally and geographically isolated women. It provides free screening mammograms, "Well Woman" exams (including Pap exams and cardiovascular screens) to uninsured and low-income women throughout Tarrant County.
The mobile team travels to all parts of Tarrant County. Through strong collaborative efforts, the program has developed long term and innovative strategies designed to improve access to cancer early detection services, empower women to be self-advocates, and break to the tangible and intangible barriers against women receiving preventative and primary prevention services.
"Lunch with the Girls"
Serving: 60 youth; 200 females total
Areas: Fort Worth
Funding from The SHINE Initiative will support the "Lunch with the Girls" event. This event provides young ladies in the Clubs with positive role models with whom they can share a meal, learn, and enjoy remarks from an inspirational speaker.
The goal of "Lunch with the Girls" is to provide women in Fort Worth with the opportunity to mentor young ladies from the Club. In anticipation of the event, girls are chosen by their branch directors as being "active members" and "stand-out" leaders. Meanwhile, women in the community are invited to participate and mentor attendees. Together, this unique opportunity allows for a full-circle experience where the girls are inspired by the women to press forward with their education, and through life's challenges. Likewise, the women are inspired by the girls and rewarded by taking an active role in their mentorship.
"Rest and Respite" (R&R) Program
Serving: 5 mothers
Areas: Available to women from all over Tarrant County
The funds from The SHINE Initiative will support Gladney's Rest & Respite Program which provides free options for counseling, temporary childcare, and adoption planning services (if desired) for moms with babies under the age of one who have become overwhelmed and seek options to know what to do.
The R&R Program gives each mom the time she needs to decide what is best for her and her baby. Gladney seeks to meet each woman where she is, and commonly hear that a woman's time with the organization is the first time she has felt genuinely cared for, accepted, and empowered. Whether a mom decides to continue to parent her child or to make an adoption plan, Gladney provides guidance and resources to help the mom be successful.
"College and Career Success"
Serving: 200 high school girls
Areas: Fort Worth
Funds from The SHINE Initiative will support the purchase of supplies for the College and Career Success Program which provides college and career readiness programming for high school seniors, and continued mentoring and support to Girls Inc. alumnae as they transition to college/post-secondary education.
The College and Career Success Program will be be a permanent addition to Girls Inc. programming and will meet the needs of low-income girls as they transition from high school to college. The purpose of this project is to increase the likelihood these young women will graduate college or complete their post-secondary education certification.
This project supports young women in overcoming gender, economic, and social challenges throughout the enrollment and early college experience.