WOMEN OF TOMORROW WINS $25,000 “SOLVE THIS MIAMI!” GRANT
Funding will allow Women of Tomorrow to help at least 50 at-risk girls from Miami-Dade County’s 31 Title 1 high schools graduate from high school and go on to higher education.
MIAMI, Fla. (April 11, 2014) — At this year’s Power of Design festival, a gathering of change-makers, thought leaders, visionaries and complainers, congregated to find solutions to many of Miami’s underlying problems. The 4-day festival consisted of multi-disciplinary events chock-full of thought provoking discussions and presentations led by diverse groups of presenters and participants.
Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program was a proud participant and received $25,000 on Saturday March 22nd, after being named winner of this year’s SOLVE THIS MIAMI! Grant competition at theThe Power of Design 2014 festival. Grant funding will enable Women of Tomorrow to help at least 50 at-risk girls from Miami-Dade County’s thirty Title 1 schools, graduate from high school and go on to higher education and lives of greater opportunity.
SOLVE THIS MIAMI!, sponsored by the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, the Miami Herald (grant process administrators) and WLRN Public Radio, arranged a panel of judges consisting of community leaders and journalists to review entries after putting out a call this year, asking for proposals in which $25,000 could help improve life in Miami.
After receiving 106 applications, Judges Amelia Balonek, Ali Codina, Jaret David, Adler Guerrier, Javier Soto, and Benoit Wirz carefully narrowed down the field down to five finalists – Borscht Corporation,Breakthrough Miami, Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations, Urban Paradise Guild andWomen of Tomorrow Mentorship & Scholarship Program leaving the final winner to be decided by popular vote.
About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Women of Tomorrow was conceived in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and co-founded with Don Browne, retired Telemundo Network President. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed 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.Women of Tomorrow currently mentors over 3,200 at-risk girls in over 150 public high schools in approximately 62 cities in South Florida and Metropolitan Detroit with its network of over 450 Mentors. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 92% high school graduation rate, and increased academic performance each year they are in the program, to a statistically significant degree.Women of Tomorrow has awarded over $3.4 million in college scholarships to nearly 1,300 mentees. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit http://www.womenoftomorrow.org.