Demoiselle 2 Femme (D2F), is a 501-(c)-(3) nonprofit organization with a rich history of providing community-based programs for girls on the far south side of Chicago as well as the south suburbs. The French derived name celebrates the passage of a girl to a woman, and the numeral “2” symbolizes the natural and spiritual footsteps of that journey. The mission of D2F is to provide holistic services, education, instruction and training to assist adolescent girls in a successful transition to womanhood. In fulfilling its mission, D2F has provided prevention and education programs to more than 3,000 girls ages 13-19 in the Chicagoland community for 20 years. Through various programs, girls are challenged to utilize critical thinking skills in operation of one of the greatest powers humans possess- the power of choice.
Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP is an organization which prides itself in producing measurable outcomes. Two of our 11 programs are currently under national evaluation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as evidence based initiatives to reduce pregnancy and STD infections as well as violence prevention among teen girls. The vast experience and diversity among Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP (D2F) and its collaborative partners demonstrate a grassroots network of organizations committed to addressing issues faced by Chicago’s youth. D2F serves as the convening organization of the South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG) and Partnership for a Better Roseland (PBR). SSCUG is a partnership of 30 civic, faith-based and community organizations whose primary goal is to increase the health and wellness of girls who reside in distressed areas on Chicago’s South Side. PBR is a collaboration of nine organizations conducting Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Northwestern University to reduce school-based youth violence in Roseland.