Women's Fund Names New Director

Passionate Conversation:
Social Change Exchange


Teen Pregnancy Prevention Mini-Grant Update

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Sept. 30 - Oct. 20, 2013
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October 9, 2013
12-1:30 p.m. OR
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8th Annual Luncheon
November 13, 2013
12-1:30 p.m.
Benton Convention Center


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July/August 2013

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Women's Fund Names New Director

SABRINA SLADE has been named director of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, with an anticipated effective date of August 14.

Sabrina will work closely with the board of directors of The Women’s Fund and will be responsible providing the strategic leadership necessary to sustain, elevate, and manage all activities of The Fund. More specifically, her responsibilities will include membership management and fund development; programs, events and grantmaking; communications; and administration and board support. "We are pleased that Sabrina will join The Women’s Fund as the new Director. Sabrina has a depth of knowledge and experience in several community organizations in Winston Salem that will benefit The Fund as we strive to meet the needs of women and girls in our community," said Allison Brashear, Chair of the Women's Fund Board of Directors.

Since 2010, Slade has served as Director of Development and Communications for Horizons Residential Care Center in Rural Hall, NC. Slade has been responsible for marketing, communications, donor cultivation, and corporate and foundation relations for the nonprofit agency. She has previously worked for a number of local nonprofits in various management positions, including the YWCA of Winston-Salem, the United Way of Forsyth County, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Forsyth County.

A native of Winston-Salem, Slade received her BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has been a member of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem since 2012.

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Passionate Conversation: Social Change Exchange

THE WOMEN'S FUND RECENTLY sponsored a Social Change Exchange on the topic of Rape and Sexual Assault that was attended by nearly 75 local non-profit representatives, social activists, and concerned residents from all walks of life. The Social Change Exchange followed the release of our latest issue brief Rape and Sexual Assault: Private Violence, Community Impacts, which was developed to bring attention to the sexual violence against girls and women that is occurring in our own community with alarming frequency and with devastating consequences.

The Excahnge featured presentations and riveting personal stories from experts in the field, and then the audience broke into small discussion groups and had a dynamic open exchange of ideas on how this issue can be better addressed in our community.

Speakers Kenyetta Richmond, Victim Advocate & Outreach Specialist at Family Services, Inc; Monika Johnson Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault; and Dr. Paige Meltzer, Director of the WFU Women's Center each explored a different aspect of the issue from the "rape culture" prevalent in our society to the underreporting of sexual assault on college campuses and widespread abuses in the military.

Topics discussed included defining "consent", the need to believe victims and empower women, focusing on healthy relationships, improving safety and security, providing parents and organizations with the right tools, bystander training, and much more.Many opportunities for community partnerships to increase awareness and improve education were identified, and an energized, motivated, and determined group of participants left the SCEX, eager to get going.

Read the Issue Brief


Teen Pregnancy Prevention Mini-Grant Update

LAST YEAR, THE WOMEN'S FUND of Winston-Salem took a lead role in the long-term reduction of teen pregnancy in Forsyth County by pushing comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention programs into community based settings through its teen pregnancy prevention mini-grant program.Research had shown that our community had several efforts directed at teen mothers but very few focused on prevention activities, which is why The Women’s Fund asked its members to support the mini-grant initiative.

The Fund spent approximately $24,000 on the initiative which funded 9 community organizations to provide programs that offer youth comprehensive information about adolescent sexuality, teach the skills necessary to delay sexual activity and/or reduce risk behavior, and facilitate better parent-child interaction and communications about sex and sexuality.As part of the mini-grant program, the recipient organizations were trained in the use of proven comprehensive curricula that addressed these topics, which they then used with their existing populations.

Over the course of the grant period, a total of 786 youth and 121 parents participated in these programs offered by our community partners.Several of these programs were evaluated by Dr. Andrew Smiler who conducted pre and post tests to measure attitudes and knowledge of the participants.Dr. Smiler found that every program assessed demonstrated gains for their participants.Some of these gains included increases in knowledge about contraceptives, more adolescents favoring abstinence as the best choice for them, and increases in discussions between parents and youth. The majority of the funded organizations are committed to continuing to offer these programs to the youth and parents they serve ensuring more education about these critical topics in our community.

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