The ACEY Group:  Actively Engaged

Social Change Exchange: Teen Pregnancy

Augustine Project Creating Literate Girls

Women's Emerging Leaders Program

North Carolina Governor's Conference for Women

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Teen Pregnancy
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Temple Emanuel
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Winston-Salem, NC 27103
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August/September 2011 

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The ACEY Group: Actively Engaged

ON A GRAY, DRIZZLY Saturday  afternoon, a gathering of women and girls enjoyed vibrant conversation, lunch, dessert and coffee while overlooking the city from the windows of The Piedmont Club. The women, members of the ACEY group of the Women’s Fund, led a group of girls in a discussion of Ntozake’s Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf” and the recent film adaptation of Shange’s book by acclaimed filmmaker Tyler Perry. 

This event was one of many ACEY group “philanthropic projects” that aim to help women and girls in our community. The group’s most recent philanthropic project is a collaboration with the Department of Social Services and the girls in their foster care program. Over the course of the year, the ACEY group will provide a series of ongoing programs designed for the young women transitioning from foster care.  For this event, the ACEY group provided each girl with a copy of Shange’s book and covered their lunch expenses.

During the film, the girls watched intently—many of them following along in their books. When the film was over, one young lady commented that it had been “a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”

Carmelita Burrell, of the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, spoke of the importance of the ACEY group’s work with the young ladies in foster care. She disclosed that many of the girls could relate to Shange’s stories. “The movie depicts crises these young women face on a daily basis,” she said.

Betty Alexander, the group’s organizer, says that the ACEY group enjoys touching the lives of women and girls. She assured the young ladies that they have a support system within the ACEY group. “You are right here,” she said addressing the young ladies. “You are in our hearts.”  As a testament to their support and commitment, the ACEY group has partnered with the YWCA to provide a scholarship to one of the young ladies in attendance. “Each year we think of something else to tackle,” says Alexander. And that’s the beauty of the ACEY group. Their membership is actively engaged in doing life changing work.

The small voice of one young lady in the room summed up the meaningfulness of the afternoon. “Thank you,” she said. “Thank you for taking time out to teach us.”

- Lamaya Williams

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Social Change Exchange: Teen Pregnancy

FORSYTH COUNTY HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST teen pregnancy rates in the state. Each year, approximately 800 teenagers become pregnant in Forsyth County - enough to fill over 15 school buses. These young women are significantly less likely to graduate than their peers and may face a lifetime of economic hardship.

Please join us for our third Social Change Exchange Community Forum which will focus on the steps our community can take to prevent teen pregnancy. Jean Workman, a Trainer with the NC School Health Training Center and Board Chair of The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of NC, will provide a review of the current status of teen pregnancy in our state and the implementation of the Healthy Youth Act. Students will share their perspectives about the issue, and then we will explore how our community can take action to ensure that young people are educated and equipped to make healthy choices about their lives.  The Social Change Exchange will take place on Tuesday, August 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Temple Emanuel.

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Augustine Project Creating Literate Girls 

GIRLS WITH READING PROBLEMS are often overlooked in the classroom. Even though learning disabilities affect both sexes almost equally, boys are referred for reading help 2-4 times more often than girls. To increase awareness of reading difficulty in girls, the Augustine Project for Literacy in Winston- Salem received an 18-month Women’s Fund grant to start the three-pronged Literate Girls program: free one-to-one in-school tutoring for economically disadvantaged girls ages 7-18; intensive training for volunteer tutors; and development of an informational brochure, Quietly Failing.

Quietly Failing provides tools for teachers to identify the early warning signs of language difficulties in girls. It includes clues to LD symptoms, and six quick action steps for finding appropriate services.  Quietly Failing will be widely distributed to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools when the school year begins in September.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor for The Augustine Project, the next two-week volunteer training session is September 19-30, 2011. For more information contact the project director, Mrs. Henri Brown, at

-Susan Ott

Women's Emerging Leaders Program

HANDSON NWNC IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the Women’s Emerging Leaders Program.  Initially funded by The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, the program is open to mid level female staff currently serving in nonprofits in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties and is designed to help prepare women for future nonprofit leadership roles by providing leadership development training and exposure to topics critical to the success of nonprofits.  The leadership training involves a 2 day workshop led  by a Adjunct Faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership.  Additional topics will be addressed by the Nonprofit Essentials series, nine monthly classes taught primarily by Wake Forest University faculty and staff through a partnership between WFU’s Institute for Public Engagement and HandsOn NWNC.  The deadline for applications to the Women’s Emerging Leaders Program has been extended to August 31st to accommodate vacation/travel schedules. 

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NC Governor's Conference for Women  

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER is the theme of this year's North Carolina Governor's Conference for Women.  The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem is proud to be a partnering organization for this year's conference which will take place on November 2, 2011 at the Charlotte Convention Center. 

The conference will convene more than 1,500 women from across the state for energizing dialogue on a variety of women's issues. This day-long experience includes a mix of dynamic speakers, entertainment, and an interactive expo for networking, information sharing, and education.   

Scholarships are available.  Apply by September 9, 2011

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Make a Tribute Gift  

HONOR THE WOMEN who have most inspired and influenced your commitment to service and purpose. Make a gift to The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem in honor or in memory of your mentor, mom, sister, or friend.

Your honoree will receive a special card from The Women’s Fund letting her know that a tribute gift as been made in her honor. With a gift of $50 or more, you and your honoree will both be recognized in the program at the annual Women’s Fund Anniversary Luncheon in November.

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