The partnership between the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, B.A.B.E.S., and FVTC continues with a focus on two programs: Starting Point 2.0 and EmpowHER. On December 5, a third class of young, low-income mothers and their pre-school children graduated from Starting Point 2.0. At the same time, the first group of women who are not parents graduated from EmpowHER.
This project is based on the Aspen Institute’s two-generation approach to addressing generational poverty by meeting the needs of the family together. Topics such as life and family strengthening skills, how to overcome unexpected barriers and emotional hurdles, opportunities for employment, and how to prepare for career and college success, among others, are part of the coursework. While mothers were attending classes, their young children received age appropriate early childhood education at B.A.B.E.S. EmpowHER covers the same empowerment topics but is geared for women who are not parents.