About Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP

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.

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The community-based model developed by Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP is an ecological approach which encourages the avoidance of at-risk behaviors as a strategy for success while equipping them with the hope of accomplishing their educational and professional goals through self-discipline, hard work, commitment and service to their community. D2F provides an array of health and education programs which address: HIV/AIDS, obesity, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and violence, as well as money management, leadership development, college access and S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) programming for girls. Through the conduits of workshops, service learning, cultural activities, college visits, college admission assistance, personal development and leadership tours, young ladies are empowered to develop academic, social and career goals that challenge them to excel beyond their limitations and gain social mobility through self-sufficiency. To date, D2F has assisted more than 400 girls to become first-generation college graduates.

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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.

The success of D2F is due largely to our partnerships with over 60 community and faith-based institutions; colleges and universities; city, state and federal agencies; municipalities; civic leaders and officials.  Our overarching goal for building partnerships is to create a synergy amongst leaders and providers which evolves into a social force which positively impacts our youth. The success of Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP is represented in the number of high school and college graduates, who have become educators, doctors, counselors and a host of other career professionals including D2F staff!
Our vision is for Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP to be recognized as a model for social change through the personal, social and spiritual development of young women who positively impact the world as future leaders. This vision is grounded in our philosophy which states:
We believe the empowerment, education, spiritual development, and holistic instruction of girls is necessary for the future development of women who will ultimately operate in their purpose and embrace their destiny…a whole woman is the sum of many parts.