FT - House- History Page (1)

Demoiselle 2 Femme (D2F) was founded in December 1994, by Sherida Morrison and Romanetha Looper at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago. The program was developed to support the social and emotional health of teen girls in the Englewood community and provide them with positive role models. D2F operated as a self-sustained program for several years through the commitment of a few community partners and a host of dedicated women who serve as Femme mentors.

In 1997, Demoiselle 2 Femme developed a partnership with the Family Centered Educational Agency (FCEA) located in the south suburbs of Chicago and was adopted as its’ risk prevention program for adolescent females. In 1998, this partnership proved to be successful when FCEA was awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services. This grant allowed D2F the opportunity to transcend the walls of the church and expanded its presence to the south suburban community by operating an after-school program for girls in School District 205 which serves Thornton, Thornridge, and Thornwood High Schools.

In October 2004, Demoiselle 2 Femme spread its wings and soared to new heights by obtaining 501-(c)-(3) status and becoming a nonprofit organization, Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP (D2F). This move of faith has allowed D2F to implement programming in over 14 Chicagoland high schools, serve over 7,000 girls, support over 1,000 girls to become first generation graduates, award over $56,000 in academic scholarships, manage over 7 million dollars in public and private funding, create four social enterprises, conduct rigorous research evaluation, train professionals from various organizations in the 3-D Curriculum (an evidence based curriculum developed by D2F), and prepare the next generation of women leaders. Throughout the country D2F has been recognized as a national model for gender-specific and responsive programming to girls and has presented research on girls at national conferences across the country.