The Women’s March in Sacramento last year was successful in getting thousands together for one cause. But many people felt lost after the march, and some of Sacramento’s citizens want there to be changes before there’s another march to the Capitol.
young women of color
The My Future Initiative Coalition, also known as “MyFI”, is a non profit organization that focuses on girls between the ages of 12 to 17. This collation of girls and adult allies collaborate to prevent alcohol and substance abuse among teenage girls. This collaborative effort involves partnerships with local organizations, education, advocacy, and promoting a positive environment.
MyFI Coalition was founded approximately 4 years ago as a project of the Center for Collaborative Planning. “I’ve been with MyFI for four years.” says Nayloni, a program participant. The coalition is funded by Sacramento County Department Alcohol and Drug services, Division of Behavioral Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The MyFI Coalition provides leadership opportunities for young girls which empowers them to become stronger individuals of the community in which they live. The coalition’s main focus is to ensure the youth are educated and knowledgeable about alcohol and substance abuse.
The coalition meets monthly throughout the year and incorporates learning goals for the youth. The coalition also has grant opportunities for other nonprofit organization which shares their same vision.
To receive a grant from the coalition the nonprofit organization must submit a written proposal. The proposal is reviewed by members of the coalition. After careful consideration the coalition then selects the best written proposal. Approval is based upon the intent and goals of the grantee.
Girls on the Rise is a group which helps young women in the South Sacramento area realize their potential, increase goal productivity, and empower community activism. The group has regular meetings every month and tries to focus on young women of color. This specific meeting was circulated around the clubs values: leadership,advocacy, and service. For more information about the club, please visit http://cchwb.org/girls-on-the-rise/
On Friday June 20th the Sierra Health Foundation hosted the first annual “Girls on the Rise” conference. Girls on the Rise is a program geared towards young women of color in the South Sacramento area. In the program, girls identify and find solutions to problems in their community. This year the group decided to focus on healthy eating and fitness. This conference ran by the girls of Girls on the Rise was meant to teach other young women about health and what they can do for the community.