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 address personal and social problems of adolescent females in the Englewood community and provide them with positive role models that would assist them in becoming successful young women. 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. Through additional funding during this partnership, D2F was able to further expand its presence and increase the target number of girls served from 50 to over 100 annually.
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: create a network of partners and coalitions; conduct rigorous research evaluation; train professionals from various organizations in the 3-D Curriculum (currently under national evaluation with Chapin Hall- University of Chicago); develop, implement and expand programs; 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.
Today, D2F reaches over 400 girls annually through school and community-based programs and over 2,000 youth through community awareness and education events. The success of D2F is represented in the number of high school and college graduates (over 400 first generation), who have become educators, doctors, counselors and a host of other career professionals. The longitudinal aspect of D2F programming creates long-term relationships with program participants and families that have continued for 19 years. Almost 50% of the staff who are employed by D2F are former participants who were once deemed “at-risk,” but completed the program, obtained a 4-year college degree and now work to impact girls within their community.
The current vision of D2F is to build the HOPE Center for Girls in Roseland which will provide social, cognitive and spiritual development programs for girls ages 12-18. D2F is committed to providing young ladies with a life changing experience that will prepare them for life today and a future for tomorrow. Our expansion and positive contributions as an agent of change cause us to believe that the only limitation to the future of D2F is the sky!