2013 Major Accomplishments

Here’s a snapshot of our year at-a-glance!

DSC_0673• Served approximately 423 high school girls through during and after-school programs focusing on HIV/ AIDS and violence prevention, S.T.E.M., college access, leadership development, mentorship, obesity prevention and financial literacy.

• Successfully piloted (with rave reviews) the “Little Beauties” program at the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Center to 15 girls ages 10-12.

• Hosted the annual PAUSE Health Initiative at the DuSable Museum of African American History in recognition of the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10) for more than 220 women and girls which included the testing of 74 women and girls for HIV.

• Hosted (as the convening agency) the “2013 Girls on Fire” Conference with 22 community-based organizations and 11 CPS high schools participating in the South Side Coalition on Urban Girls to more than 300 teen girls, on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013, from 10 AM to2 PM at Kennedy-King College.

1004618_10151691408388648_826868808_n• Distributed approximately $5,750 in college scholarships to D2F participants as well as academic and community service awards to high school students at the annual “Celebration of Purpose” on June 21st at the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Center.

• Provided mandatory school assemblies on girl violence and aggressive behavior, “Girl Fight…It’s not the Solution” and proper attire “Dressed for Success or Hot Mess!” to more than 700 freshmen and sophomore students at Simeon and Fenger High Schools.

• Hosted seven (7) parent education workshops and activities to inform and strengthen parent-child relationships including D.A.D.S. and Bodyguard programming for father/father-figures.

• Hosted (2) “Friday Night Live” events in collaboration with the Ray and Joan Kroc Center and the Bellevue Ministry Center to encourage spiritual wellness among teen girls.

• Hosted (5) College Cafes for highs school juniors and seniors as well as college access services to support postsecondary enrollment for approximately 38 seniors.

• Hired our first Director of Development.

• Hosted the annual Summer Leadership Tour for 19 CPS high school girls, entitled “Dream Girls” which provided a week of leadership development workshops, college visits, community service and symposiums with professional women and teen girls in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA.

• Selected and interviewed as “Constituent of the Week” by the office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

• Featured on (2) Vocolo Radio Shows, WKKC and “Business of the Week” on Radio 1390 with John Hannah.

• Recommended and unanimously approved and appointed to the Steering Committee of the Northwestern University Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities.

• Hosted “Projected Hopeful” financial literacy education in partnership with the Carter G. Woodson Library to more than 50 youth and adults in recognition of “Money Smart Week.”

• Completed our 5-year strategic plan, and a new 3-Year Strategic Plan was created by the Executive Board which includes goals and objectives vital to innovation, sustainability and growth.

• Presented on local program and evaluation outcomes at national conferences including the Office on Women’s Health, Administration for Children and Families, National Fathers and Families Coalition, and Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute.

• Participation and leadership in the Health and Safety Committee of the Far South Community Action Council of the Chicago Public Schools.

• Facilitated the training of 25 community-based organization representatives in receiving CITI- IRB training from Northwestern University.

• Received Institutional Review Board approval from Northwestern University for Partnership for a Better Roseland’s “Choose Life” Community Based Participatory Research Project.

• Hosted our annual Staff Development Conference from September 8-10 at the Hyatt Schaumberg which included sessions on research evaluation, gender responsiveness, teambuilding and staff completion of StrengthsFinder 2.0.

• Partnered with University of Chicago, Chapin Hall to release a baseline data report (released on September 10, 2013) on approximately 241 girls participating in a quasi-experimental evaluation of (4) D2F programs using our 3-D Holistic Youth Development Curriculum as an evidence based intervention to reduce teen pregnancy.

• Provided a bus tour of Roseland, Pullman and Englewood communities to 60 medical students and 2 faculty members of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Medical students met Tim Egan, President of Roseland Community Hospital and were encouraged to consider community hospitals as a viable option for their medical career.

• Hosted the “My Career, My Future” Expo for high school girls on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Percy L. Julian High School, featuring Congresswoman Robin Kelly and more than 50 professional career women.
• Hosted a community event on October 11, 2013 in recognition of the United Nation’s “International Day of the Girl” which included the unveiling of an old classroom space in Fenger High School which was redesigned and repurposed by Femme 2 S.T.E.M. participants.

• Invited to serve as a Community Grand Rounds Partner through the University of Chicago’s Urban Partnership Initiative.

• A participating member of the Roseland Children’s Initiative convened by SGA Youth and Family Services.

• Received approval out of more than 300 proposals to present a thematic poster session entitled “Building Research Capacity for Community Organizations: Strategies from the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities for the 2014 Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 13th Annual International Conference” From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Transformative & Equitable Partnerships” scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

• Provided college retention services to approximately 45 D2F college students through the College Connection Program. Services included college care packages, a monthly support conference call, summer and winter college soirées, D2F (orchid and fuchsia) graduation cords, academic scholarships and advisement.

• Presented (25) D2F high school cords and six D2F college stoles to our 2013 graduates.

• Interviewed and trained 14 new D2F volunteers.

• Hosted a World AIDS Day Event in partnership with the basketball team and faculty at Thornton High School and our Girls With A Voice Empowered (G-WAVE) program participants from Fenger, Thornton and Thornridge High Schools.

• Provided Financial Peace University workshop registration for all D2F staff.