|Go Girl Go! Chicago|
|GoGirlGo! Chicago is an initiative launched by the Women’s Sports Foundation in conjunction with the Chicago Foundation for Women to increase the physical activity of Chicago girls, create sustainable girls’ sports programming and execute a model public education campaign on the importance of getting girls moving. Our goal is to get 100,000 sedentary Chicago girls in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will active and involved in physical activities over the next three years, as well as keep 100,000 already active girls playing sports. GoGirlGo! includes four key components: Education and awareness campaign – A free, curriculum-based educational program created for girls, coaches and parents to reinforce positive behaviors and educate one million currently active girls about the dangers of inactivity and negative habits that affect health Community-based activation – GoGirlGo! Week and public information campaigns will be conducted in pilot communities where active adults and girls bring inactive girls to free “open houses” (GoGirlGo! Centers) to introduce them to various activity programs. Pilot communities currently include Atlanta, Chicago and Boston. Peer-to-peer and adult-to-youth mentoring – High school athletes and active adults are asked to pledge support to help get one million girls physically active one girl at a time. Go to GoGirlGo.com to make your pledge and we’ll show you how! Grant Program – $2.6 million will be earmarked to enable new sport and physical activity opportunities to be offered to economically disadvantaged and underserved girls and expand programs to accommodate recruited inactive girls.|
Category Archives: Women’s Rights
One of the largest women’s funds in the world, Chicago Foundation for Women believes that all women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and to live in safe, just and healthy communities. We support the achievement of social justice through grantmaking and advocacy.Since 1986, Chicago Foundation for Women has impacted social justice through advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. In addition, we have awarded more than 2,300 grants totaling $13 million to hundreds of organizations that make life better for women and girls.
Our work is rooted in three principles of women’s human rights: economic security; freedom from violence; and access to health services. Our core values include diversity, accessibility and choice. We are part of a global women’s movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of a gender lens. For every issue on the national agenda—from violence to health care—there is a major dimension specific to women. There are few community problems that can be resolved without programs and strategies that specifically address the needs of women and children. Women’s issues involve the entire community. When a woman is given an opportunity, an entire family can benefit. Website: http://www.cfw.org/ Chicago Foundation for Women
One East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601Phone: (312) 577-2801
Fax: (312) 577-2802
TTY: (312) 577-2803
Girls in the Game, founded 1995, a path-forging group of women and men concerned about girls’ overall health and well-being, joined together to form the founding board and staff. Girls in the Game , provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well being of ALL girls. Its two-fold purpose is to: 1) ensure that quality fitness, health and leadership programming is made available to girls, and 2) reduce the barriers that young girls face in accessing such programs. For over twelve years, Girls in the Game has successfully responded to the fitness, health and leadership development needs of females, serving over 13,000 girls throughout Chicagoland.
Contact: Union Park Fieldhouse
1501 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: 312.633.GAME(4263) | FAX: 312.633.4897
Email: Amy Skeen email@example.com
Gilda Radner is best known as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. As one of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” she created lovable characters like Rosanne Rosannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. Gilda’s astonishing career was cut short when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986. Joanna Bull, Gilda’s cancer psychotherapist, introduced her to cancer support groups. Recognizing how integral the support experience was to her treatment, Gilda’s dream was to develop a community where anyone with cancer would receive the kind of support she had found. In her best-selling book It’s Always Something, Gilda wrote about her experience living with cancer. She spoke of establishing such a support community in New York when she felt better and said, “There should be a thousand of them.”
Gilda’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed too late for effective treatment and she died in 1989. Following her death, Gilda’s husband, actor and comedian Gene Wilder, Joanna Bull and many of Gilda’s friends founded Gilda’s Club in her memory. The first Club with its signature red door opened in New York City in June 1995. Under the guidance of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, there are 20 Clubs open in North America and 7 Clubs currently in development.
Gilda’s Club Chicago is a support community for men, women and children living with cancer, and families and friends. We offer a place where members join together to give and receive support. At Gilda’s Club we believe: Our members living with cancer are the experts – and we listen and learn from them. As experts, our members offer each other support while learning how best to live with cancer.
Cancer happens to the entire family and its social network, so club membership is extended to include all who are impacted by cancer. Each member develops a Customized Membership Plan to meet their needs. All are welcome.
Contact: Gilda’s Club Chicago
537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.464.9900 FAX: 312.464.1487
Contact: Laura Jane Hyde
The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (CMBWN) is a collaborative membership organization that improves the lives of battered women, their children, and others impacted by domestic violence by leading public policy and advocacy efforts; providing education and raising public awareness; and connecting members of the community to direct service providers. The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (CMBWN) works toward a future where domestic violence and oppression are eradicated and where women and children are safe in their homes.
The CMBWN believes in a woman’s right to self determination in all a The CMBWN believes in a woman’s right to self determination in all aspects of her life, and that living free from violence is a basic human right. We believe that violence against women is a violation of these rights, and is rooted in a societal imbalance of power and control. We use our collective voice to ensure that, in the face of this violence, every community provides safe, confidential and accessible services for battered women and their children. Our collaborative work to end violence against women is an integral part of a broader social justice movement against discrimination and oppression.
Contact: Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
203 N. Wabash Ste. 2323 Chicago IL 60601
Phone: (312)750-0730 Fax: (312)750-0733 TTY: (312)750-0735
Bottomless Closet is a founding member of The Women’s Alliance, a national organization of independent community-based “sister organizations” that provide professional attire, personal and professional career skills training and related services to low-income women seeking employment.
As the first workforce development organization of its kind, established in 1991 to address the compelling need for services that would increase the potential for low-income women or those on assistance to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Many of Bottomless Closet’s clients are single head of households forced to choose between providing necessities such as food and shelter for their children or having the right clothes to wear for a job interview.
The main focus is to assist women in the greater Chicago metropolitan area get back on their feet and to work again; taking women who have been job trained and dress them for economic success; helping them get off welfare and stay off welfare through job retention training and provide the ability to obtain appropriate clothing for work. Job readiness, combined with self-confidence in one’s appearance, allows women to focus on learning their jobs, keeping their jobs and advancing to a higher career level and paying positions. With pride Bottom Closet is insures that service is available to women seeking employment at NO CHARGE.
Contact: Bottomless Closet
445 N. Wells Street, Suite #301, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-527-9664, Fax: 312-527-4305
Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and abuse by providing education, support, counseling, and advocacy services. Between Friends work with individuals, families, and communities to create awareness about domestic violence and abuse and to reduce its prevalence and impact.
Between Friends provides comprehensive services for women and children affected by domestic violence, and prevention and education programs for teens and adults in the community.
Between Friends’ Counseling Program helps women to deal with the trauma of living with abusive relationships, or to heal from past abusive relationships. Counselors encourage women to explore their options and make their own decisions in order to build a safe future for themselves and their children.
Between Friends’ Court Advocacy Program assists women in navigating the legal system to obtain Orders of Protection against their abusers. In addition, our advocates work with local law enforcement and legal professionals to educate them about domestic violence and to provide resources for victims.
Between Friends is committed to providing education within the community to increase awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence, provide resources for witnesses and victims, and to aid in the prevention of domestic violence in future generations.
Between Friends provides customized workshops for teens, healthcare providers, businesses, churches, and community groups to best meet the needs and concerns of each audience.
Contact: Between Friends
(formerly The Friends of Battered Women and Their Children)
P.O. Box 608548, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-274-5232 Fax: 773-262-2543