SAGE PWG Foundation is proud to announce our grant recipients for 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, Bridge Communities, and LIFT Inc. During times of uncertainty, it’s organizations like these who are working tirelessly to help empower women and children. Congratulations to these outstanding organizations.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico
Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico offers a safe and creative place where they help develop children and youth to become leaders who achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. They provide them with the necessary tools to create and/or obtain a satisfactory job so that they can attain economic security.
Mission Statement: “Offer children and youth hope for a better future and opportunities for them to develop to their full potential.”
Here are some examples of how Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico empowers women and children:
- Since their start in 1967, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico has changed the lives of more than 65,000 children and youth from the most vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico. The organization has taken the lead in after-school services for children and youth ages 6-18 years old in 12 clubs across the island from San Juan to Mayagüez and Vieques.
- To close the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged children and youth from high-risk communities and their peers in the general population, Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico provides children and youth with poor academic outcomes with education services and the support they need to enrich their academic performances. Some of these services include assistance with homework, one-on-one specialized tutoring, and career exploration.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico’s Hot Meals Program offers a healthy hot meal to every child or youth attending their clubs every day. Their goal with the meals program is to ensure the wellbeing of their participants.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico has an employment readiness program that provides training, internships, and job placement opportunities. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary courses to foster competencies for higher education and careers.
Bridge Communities is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families. They provide free transitional housing, mentorship, and supportive services through the help of their program partners and supporters. Their mission is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency.
Mission Statement: “Connecting homeless families to a better future.”
Here are some examples of how Bridge Communities empowers women and children:
- Since its founding in 1988, Bridge Communities has helped more than 850 families successfully cross the bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency, permanent housing and financial stability
- Bridge Communities provides a transitional housing program where families receive free housing for two years.
- Volunteer mentors from Program Partners sponsor and assist client families as they work to develop the life-skills necessary for self-sufficiency. Mentors assist families with things such as budget development and savings plan, debt reduction, financial literacy, and emotional support.
- In order to help homeless children succeed and break the generational cycle of poverty, Bridge communities provides professional certified teachers to tutor children and offers academic scholarships to college-bound students.
Over the past 23 years, LIFT has empowered thousands of families and individuals across the U.S. to break the cycle of poverty. LIFT’s mission is to partner with parents to break the cycle of poverty and build prosperity, lifting two generations at once.
Mission Statement: “An Investment of Hope. Money. And Love.”
Here are some examples of how LIFT DC empowers women and children:
- Since founding in 1998, LIFT has demonstrated that it is possible to interrupt the generational transmission of poverty
- The average LIFT family sees $63,000 in net benefits gained from improved employment opportunities and income increases
- Among LIFT parents, 65% reported reduced levels of stress after as little as three months in the program
- 55% of parents with LIFT families pursue additional education