Women Leaders give $36K in local grants

Philanthropy group to host panel discussion at Dominican University

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation's Women Leaders in Philanthropy has announced it will award four grants to organizations supporting education, young mothers, workforce development and mental health.

The group also is promoting its panel discussion, scheduled for Sept. 17 at Dominican University titled, "It's Complicated: How to Have Difficult Conversations."

The local grants include:

  • $10,000 for New Moms to help train young mothers, ages 16-24, to gain workplace skills and financial literacy.
  • $5,000 for Youth Education Basketball Association (YEMBA) to help train junior mentors to assist middle-school students in learning about workplace skills and financial literacy.
  • $11,000 for Collaboration for Early Childhood's Parent Leadership Training Program to help train parents become leaders at local schools, nonprofits and local government.
  • $10,000 for NAMI Metro Suburban to support its Support4U texting program, which gives students anonymous access to mental health professionals.

Rhea Yap, the community foundation's senior philanthropic advisor, said in an email that the panel discussion runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – the discussion begins at 6 p.m. – at Dominican University's Martin Hall Auditorium, 7900 Division St., River Forest.

Speakers include Barbara Best on women and money, Dr. Lydia K. Manning on health and aging, Dr. Erika Gilyot-Montgomery on teens and kids, Dot Lambshead Roche on whiteness and privilege and Steve Parker on couples and communication.


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