2019 Grant Awards

Statewide Organizations – serving women and children in Florida

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)
Commit to Change
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

Commit to Change is a statewide social change initiative focused on reducing violence against women by empowering young women and mobilizing young men as allies. Commit to Change includes an evidence based curriculum for middle and high school students, youth led community impact projects, workshops for parents, and a Community Action Team to engage adult influencers in supporting youth to develop healthy, equitable dating relationships.

General operating support
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)
CodeArt is a new organization based in Florida that focuses on encouraging girls to explore computer science through art. The mission is to increase the number of girls studying Computer Science by inspiring them with the creative possibilities of computer programming. CodeArt holds workshops to teach students in grades 4 – 12 how to write computer programs to generate art, and they hold an annual event, CodeArt/Miami, where student computer-generated art is displayed, and awards are given for the top coded art submissions.

DePorres Place
Next Step Internship Program
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)
DePorres Place tutors adults in need of basic reading skills or spoken English language skills through free one on one and small group instruction. More than 75% of their students are women, working in low wage jobs. Next Step seeks to provide six 12-week paid internships per year for women who have achieved a high level of language proficiency and likelihood of success in a higher paying profession.

Dolores Barr Weaver
Justice for Girls
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

The Policy Center’s mission is to engage communities, organizations, and individuals through quality research, advocacy, training, and model programming to advance the rights of girls and young women and youth who identify as female, especially those impacted by the justice system. The goals for Justice for Girls are 1) end the disparate treatment of girls and young women in Florida’s juvenile justice system, 2) change policy and practice which traps justice involved girls and young women into lifelong poverty, and 3) develop a Florida-based research capacity to introduce and spotlight issues, monitor progress, and support improved policy and practice

KidSafe Foundation

Keeping KidSafe
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

KidSafe’s mission is to provide preventive education to children and adults, empowering them with skills that create a safe society free from sexual abuse, bullying, and internet exploitation. KidSafe’s program includes a children’s curriculum and Safe and Smart, a children’s book series. JWF supports KidSafe for Kids, KidSafe Parent Seminars, and KidSafe Teacher Workshops. Their multi-tiered approach to prevention helps families, schools, and communities open a dialogue, set standards for the safety of children, and empower children and adults with practical prevention techniques.

The Lord’s Place, Inc.
The Gender Responsive Opportunities for Women (GROW) Initiative
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)
The Lord’s Place is a non-sectarian organization addressing homelessness in Palm Beach County. The GROW Initiative will increase the integration of gender responsive tools, strategies, and techniques into their service delivery model on an agency-wide level. The goal of this project is to enhance the provision of gender responsive services to women across all their programs.

Women’s Foundation of Florida
Women on the Run
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

The Women’s Foundation of Florida focuses on investing in women and girls to encourage leadership and positively affect their economic, political, and social status. Women on the Run is a non-partisan program that trains women to run for office with the goal of increasing women’s visibility, value, and voices in Palm Beach Count and beyond. This yearlong interactive training and mentoring program is specifically designed for women interested in running for office, assisting other women to run for office, or serving in a leadership role of a community organization.

Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Violence Prevention in Palm Beach
$12,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program mission is to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. JWF is funding a violence prevention initiative in Palm Beach County, focusing in violent crime “hot spots” such as Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, and West Palm Beach. Topics addressed include: dating violence/sexual assault awareness, access to aid for victims of abuse and/or trauma, trauma-informed training, and cyber/Internet safety.

National Organizations – organizations based outside of Florida with a national impact

Futures Without Violence

Futures Without Violence
Coaching Boys into Men
$12,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit whose mission is to heal those who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow. Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school athletic coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills by providing them with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among their players and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.

The Human Trafficking Legal Center
Sex Trafficking Justice Initiative
$12,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

HT Legal is a not-for-profit, national legal clearinghouse for survivors of human trafficking. They create a bridge between trafficking survivors and highly-skilled pro bono legal representation. Pro bono litigators trained by HT Legal win compensation for survivors. With these recoveries, trafficking survivors can reclaim their lives. The Sex Trafficking Justice Initiative is a national program that helps trafficking victims by increasing access to pro bono counsel, increasing the number of civil trafficking cases filed by victims, and increasing the number of vacatur/expungement filings to clear victims’ criminal records.

She Should Run
Incubator Workshop
$12,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

She Should Run’s Incubator program is an online resource to help more women envision themselves in public leadership. The program includes trainings, a supportive community, access to role models and mentors, and thoughtful guidance and advice for women interested in running for public office. 25- 30 women who are “high-level engagers” in the Incubator community will be invited to participate in a special Florida based Community Cohort workshop where they will meet in a dynamic group setting to take part in such activities as generating a vision statement, discussing such topics as “imposter syndrome,” attend networking functions, and receive mentoring advice from guest speakers, among other opportunities. The in-person Community Cohort workshop will take place at a local venue in Florida.

Unchained at Last
General operating support
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

Unchained at Last is the only organization in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained provides free legal and social services and emotional support, while also raising awareness and advocating for relevant legislation. Currently, they are working on legislation to raise the minimum age requirement for marriage to be 18 years old in all 50 states.

Yeshivat Maharat
General operating support
$12,000 per year for 2 years (2018 – 2020)

Yeshivat Maharat was founded in 2009 as the first (and still only in North America) school to train and ordain Orthodox women to serve as rabbinic leaders for the entire Jewish community. Yeshivat Maharat prepares students for the rabbinate through an innovative curriculum focused on depth of scholarship in Jewish law, pastoral skills, and leadership training. They have ordained 19 women and currently have 28 students. All the graduates are serving in leadership roles in the Jewish community — some as pulpit rabbis and others in communal positions.

Israeli Organizations – advancing the status of women in Israeli society

Adva Center
General operating support
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

The Adva Center (founded in 1991) is a non-partisan policy analysis institute whose mandate is to examine Israeli society from the perspective of equality and social justice, through social policy and budget analysis, advocacy work, popular education, and projects designed to empower disadvantaged groups with a special emphasis on women.

Center for Women’s Justice
General Operating Support
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)
CWJ’s mission is to defend women’s rights to equality, dignity and justice whenever they are compromised by state religious institutions. CWJ was founded in 2004 by Dr. Susan Weiss to tackle the issue of marital captivity (women being chained to marriage by husbands who refused to divorce them) in a systemic way. Understanding that marital captivity is just one way in which Israeli women are harmed by subjugation to religious norms imposed by the state, CWJ is committed to ensuring religious freedom and defending women’s rights to equality, dignity and justice whenever they are compromised by state religious institutions.

Eden Center
General operating support
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

In Israel, even non-religious women are required to go for certain lifecycle events, such as weddings, so many women use the mikveh over their lifetimes. Eden Center has trained over 350 mikveh attendants who come into contact with 65,000 women monthly. Funding from JWF will support their overall work, such as their flagship mikveh attendant training program where attendants learn how to identify issues of abuse, mental illness, and breast cancer, and refer women to appropriate services. They also provide advanced training for pre-marital bridal teachers, a national mikveh attendant conference, community empowerment events, and an online health advocacy platform.

Jewish Agency for Israel
Alma Pre-Military Training Academy
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

Alma is an all-female intensive residential learning and physical training pre-army program designed to expand opportunities for young Israeli women who have grown up in challenging backgrounds, and enable them to develop their leadership capabilities and have a more successful future.

Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women
Excluding Exclusion: Elimination of Women’ Exclusion from the Religious Sphere in Israel
$10,000 per year for 2 years (2019 – 2021)

The phenomenon of deliberate exclusion of women from leadership positions at national religious institutions in the public sphere has become a real threat to women’s basic human rights and to Israel’s democracy. JWF’s funding will support a new, 24 month project to tackle the following needs: leadership advancement of women in public service roles; breaking the concrete ceiling by promoting inclusion in influential, leadership positions and religious political parties where it is currently interpreted as forbidden; greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public religious sphere and eliminating barriers that create separate fields for women in State religious institutions. Activities include promoting proposals among the Knesset, the rabbinical courts, and the public.

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