Announcing our 2014-15 Women's Economic Mobility Initiative Grant Partners

Thanks to the partnership of the Walmart Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation we are proud to announce our 2014–15 Women's Economic Mobility Initiative grant partners!

We received a record number of applications this year and selected six innovative organizations to receive a combined total of $500,000 in grants. All six organizations are using breakthrough strategies to increase the number of low-income, low-skilled women who are completing education and training programs that lead to employment or advancement within the health care sector.


El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center
Project Title: Bridges: Developing Clinical Community Health Workers
Project description: El Sol will use their grant to develop Clinical Community Health Workers to serve in transition care teams. The program will screen a minimum of 200 applicants and train at least 75 eligible women to complete basic training as Community Health Workers. 50 Community Health Workers will then receive advanced training as Clinical Community Health Workers.
Grant: $90,000


Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County
Project Title: Goodwill SOLAC Healthcare Training Program
Project description: Goodwill SOLAC will use their grant to underwrite supportive services for low-income women enrolled in the Goodwill SOLAC Healthcare Training Program. As part of the program, participants can achieve industry recognized credentials as Certified Nurse Assistants or Medical Insurance and Billing Coders. The program will provide comprehensive supportive services both during and after the training, in order to help women successfully transition from entry- to mid-skill level positions.
Grant: $102,000


Project Title: Employer-Provided Case Management to Improve Retention and Success for Home Care Providers
Project description: Homebridge will use their grant to provide intensive coaching and case management services to a targeted group of women at high risk for failure as they transition from un- and under-employed status to full-time employment. With their focused and enhanced support, more women will stay employed and on the career "lattice" longer, leading to greater skills acquisition, career longevity and advancement.
Grant: $102,000


Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Project Title: Mujeres Indigenas Avanzando Juntas/ Indigenous Women Advancing Together
Project description: Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project will use their grant to recruit, train and support low-income, low-education women who speak an indigenous language to leave low-income jobs and become medical interpreters and health promoters. They will assist new interpreters in achieving employment in the medical field and will launch a new Indigenous Interpreter Network (IIN) to strengthen their existing cadre of over 40 trained women interpreters.
Grant: $52,000


Taller San Jose
Project Title: Linking Opportunity Youth to Living Wage Employment in Health Care
Project description: Taller San Jose will use their grant to support the Medical Careers Academy (MCA), which prepares youth who are low-income, have low basic skills, are under- or unemployed, and who may also be pregnant or parenting or impacted by violence, for living wage careers in the health care sector (92% of MCA trainees are young women and 96% are Hispanic or Latino). Funding will support Taller San Jose's efforts to recruit 80 new youth to the MCA program and provide ongoing support services, training and education to another 60 youth who have already completed the 20-week training academy.
Grant: $102,000


Vision Y Compromiso
Project Title: Promotoras Expand Health and Economic Prosperity
Project description: Vision Y Compromiso will use their grant to train and connect low income Latinas with strong wage employment in select communities across California. They will target communities with high numbers of unemployment and a large pool of promotoras ready for deployment in multisector health and health-related jobs. Vision y Compromiso will help grow skills, employment retention, personal and family income, assets, savings, education, health status, safety as well as confidence of the promotoras.
Grant: $52,000