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#GirlBosses and gains for children

At A Glance is a bi-weekly news recap highlighting WKKF grantees, investments, communities and partnerships.

Even though entrepreneurship provides a path to financial stability, women entrepreneurs receive only 16 percent of all conventional small business loans. (Hint: not near enough!) WKKF grantee Opportunity Fund is building a group of advisors to figure out how to deepen its support for women entrepreneurs. The focus on women entrepreneurs extends Opportunity Fund’s commitment to filling financing gaps for underserved small business owners. They know from experience that access to capital and community partnerships for support services can widen pathways for equitable opportunity. (Hint: more women with #GirlBoss in their titles!)

In 2017, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant helped to launch the Pre-K-3rd Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning pilot program in Alabama. In conjunction Strong Start, Strong Finish – the education initiative championed by Governor Kay Ivey – was part of a statewide concentration on early childhood education. One year in and Gov. Ivey is reporting a Strong Start indeed! We’re cheering you on, Alabama, and wishing your youngest students a successful school year.

WKKF’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) grantees and partners steadily explore how narratives influence people’s perspectives, perceptions and behaviors. But when it comes to telling stories about young people, all of us could use a few reminders. Check out this great video from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County’s (UMBC) TRHT Campus Center, one of ten centers nationally. In just over a minute, youth from Choice Program deliver a short course for all of us telling their stories.

WKKF grantees like Family Values at Work know that networks and coalitions can change children’s lives. And when people come together to raise an issue that affects working families and their children, the ripple effect is transformative. In San Antonio this week, we saw that in action. A broad coalition gathered in support of the more than 350,000 area workers who lacked access to paid sick time. As a result of the conversations and collaboration across the community, things are changing for working families and their children. People who work in San Antonio will soon be able to earn paid sick time, and that’s worth a shout-out!

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