Women’s Legacy Fund Grants History

2016 – Whitaker Center for STEM Education at Florida Gulf Coast University: The GEMS- Girls in Engineering, Math and Science program focuses on mentoring and inspiring female FGCU students and middle school girls in SW Florida to pursue STEM careers by providing hands-on, inquiry driven STEM activities via expertise at Whitaker Center for STEM Education at FGCU. The program’s approach involves multiple layers of mentoring including Whitaker Center mentoring during the activity development, FGCU female faculty mentoring of FGCU female STEM majors, and FGCU STEM majors mentoring middle school students. Four Saturday events are planned to reach a total of 400 middle-school girls, 84 FGCU STEM majors, and 24 middle school teacher participants.

2015 – Happehatchee Center (Human Services): The Working to Improve with Self Employment (WISE) Women program focuses on the San Carlos Park neighborhood of South Fort Myers and the Covered Wagon Trailer Park in Estero.  Instructors from Happehatchee and the GRACE Project, as well as invited teachers and planned field trips, will provide health exams, employability skills, family planning and health, financial literacy, and access to transportation.

2014 – Literacy Council Gulf Coast (Education): Focus on helping women to improve literacy skills, focusing on reading, writing, speaking and understanding English. It will also assist women in improving their financial literacy knowledge by offering topics in basic financial literacy incorporated into typical classes, expand GED preparedness classes to help women advance to higher educational levels thus increasing their economic empowerment and independence, and offer regular informative sessions educating women on domestic violence and human trafficking issues to help break the cycle of abuse.

2013 – FutureMakers (Education): A regional call to action to improve high school access for high school seniors through mentoring

2012 – United Way/Children’s Home Soceity (Human Services) – Provide a partial salary for a Social Worker to provide services to men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness