Announcing the CSSP Accelerating Change Award
The Center for the Study of Social Policy seeks to honor innovative initiatives that reach diverse populations of young women and girls of color and create opportunities for their well-being and success. These innovations disrupt the trajectory experienced by young women and girls of color from the compounding and often negative effects of gender and racial discrimination, personal and community violence and involvement in foster care, juvenile justice and other intervening public systems. This award celebrates the most compelling and creative interventions making a difference in young women and girls’ everyday lives. Selected recipients will join a network of like-minded partners to share ideas and help accelerate positive change and promising futures for women and girls of color nationally.
On May 23, 2016, the Center for the Study of Social Policy announced five winners of our inaugural Accelerating Change Award. The awardees have each demonstrated a commitment to reaching and serving diverse populations of young women and girls of color who are involved or at high risk of involvement in public systems and creating opportunities for their well-being and success.
The inaugural cohort for the Accelerating Change Award are:
- ROCA, Inc. High Risk Young Mother’s Program, a Boston-based organization that targets underserved young women ages 16 to 24 who are either pregnant or single parents and connects them with individualized programming, educational opportunities, parenting classes and employment programming
- PACE Center for Girls, a research-based nonresidential program model, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services and a safe environment for middle and high-school-aged girls
- Young Women’s Project, an organization in Washington, D.C., that guides youth, with a special focus on teen women and youth in the foster care system, through a process of personal transformation so they can become leaders in their peer groups, schools, families and communities
- viBe Theater Experience, a New York City-based arts program that empowers underserved teenage girls to write and perform original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily
- My Life My Choice, a Boston organization that works to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents through survivor-led programs that educate and empower youth to find their voice and create a positive life path