Care Ring is dedicated to providing preventive health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care. Through its Low-Cost Clinic, Nurse-Family Partnership and Physicians Reach Out, Care Ring serves more than 7,000 people annually in Mecklenburg County.
Project Scientist is creating the next generation of superheroes right here in Charlotte.
Founded in Charlotte, Project Scientist educates, coaches and advocates for girls and women who have a passion, aptitude and talent for STEM. Its core programs include Project Scientist Academy, a six-week summer science intensive for 4-12 year olds held on a university campus and Project Scientist Expeditions, year-round full-day STEM Expeditions for girls when school is closed. Based on existing research of what inspires, motivates, and builds confidence for girls in STEM, Project Scientist programs and endeavors allow them to engage and empower girls.
As you probably know, March is Women's History Month. To honor the women who have paved the way for us, we've been talking to women in Charlotte from all walks of life in an effort of showing a representation of many different women in Charlotte and the different concerns and hopes for our community as well as highlight businesses and professions they represent and nonprofit organizations they support.
People magazine is a guilty pleasure of mine. If we are all being honest with ourselves, who isn't just a little bit curious what is going on with the-couple-formerly-known-as-Brangelina? So I felt right at home when I learned that an organization that I have been part of for more than three years, Women's Impact Fund (WIF), was born after co-founder Claire Tate read an article in a 1998 issue of People about women giving away money in Seattle.
Girls on the Run Charlotte has a pretty simple mission: to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. Sounds like a noble goal, right? But how do you even begin to approach and explain these subjective and sometimes abstract concepts to girls ages 8-13?
Girls on the Run combines discussion of tough-to-tackle life lessons with cleverly integrated running activities that feel more like games and team building exercise than bi-weekly workouts that build up to an end-of-season 5K event. Girls on the Run, which was founded in Charlotte, is commonly misnomed a 'running program,' and though it does include running as a huge focus, the heart of the curriculum is youth development, using running as a means to unite and empower girls.
Since 2008, Circle de Luz has radically empowered young Latinas in Charlotte by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education.
Circle de Luz founder Rosie Molinary, who teaches at UNC Charlotte, wrote a book called “Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina” and knew the statistics around teen pregnancy and high school graduation weren’t good for young Latinas. She joined together with like-minded women and decided to do something about it.
While the Girl Scouts might be known everywhere for their amazing cookie sale that occurs precisely one month after everyone begins the new year by committing to gyms, crossfit and numerous 5Ks. But it’s what they do with the funds raised from the cookie sales, and other fundraising efforts like #GivingTuesdayCLT, that’s so impressive.
Locally, the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council serves 17,000 girls in eight counties in North and South Carolina. The Charlotte chapter was founded in 1935 with one mission, to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
We agree with Beyonce. Girls do rule … in numbers. But unfortunately, it's not always the case when it comes to opportunities, education and security.
At the last census in 2015*, there were 537,232 women living in Mecklenburg County compared to 496,838 men which means women are the majority at 52 percent.
Even though its 2017, there are challenges many women still face. Thankfully, Charlotte has many organizations that work hard to support girls and women in our community and SHARE Charlotte is partnered with many of them.
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!