2016-17 – Inaugural Cohort Grant Awards:
Next Step – $6,400 for one year
Next Step is a job readiness course for young women, ages 18 to 24, who are at risk or are aging out of foster care and lack the skills and abilities to obtain employment and break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success’ with Next Step is to teach young women how to build a life foundation based on self-knowledge and self-worth and give them the tools and network of support which will enable them to navigate life independently while securing a stable future. These young women gain professional skills, learn to accelerate their job search and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching, and networking in a supportive environment. 65% of the graduates from this program have obtained employment prior to or within 90 days of completing the program.
General operating support – $6,400 for one year
Gender Justice is a nonprofit legal & policy advocacy organization devoted to addressing the causes and consequences of gender inequality. The mission of Gender Justice is to fight any discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This is accomplished through strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and public education and training.