Enactus awarded grant to create workforce development program for single mothers

Jasmine Grillmeier
December 10, 2015

Student organization Enactus Ohio University was awarded a grant of $1,500 by the Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership, an Enactus program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, to design and execute a workforce development program in the Athens area.

Enactus Ohio University plans to develop a program to empower single mothers in the Southeastern Ohio area by providing job preparedness training, such as resume writing and job search assistance; personal skills building, such as communication, professionalism and self-confidence; and, childcare services.  

Knowing that 66.2 percent of female-headed households in Athens County with children under the age of 18 live below the poverty line, Enactus Ohio University recognized an opportunity to make an impact.  They proposed the idea for a co-housing community in Athens to host single mothers and their children for up to a year and provide a supportive environment, in addition to job training sessions, mentorship opportunities and childcare for single mothers in the area. The money provided by the grant will be used to develop and implement these proposed initiatives.

Enactus is a national student organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and communities through social entrepreneurship and innovation. The “Final Impact Report” on Enactus Ohio University's project, due April 13, 2016, will be evaluated and has the chance to win a national grand prize cash award at the 2016 Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis May 15-17, 2016.