Women’s Fund partners with MassMutual, state treasurer’s office to empower young Springfield women

//Women’s Fund partners with MassMutual, state treasurer’s office to empower young Springfield women

Women’s Fund partners with MassMutual, state treasurer’s office to empower young Springfield women

SPRINGFIELD — The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is collaborating with the city of Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, MassMutual and the state treasurer’s office to launch a project aimed at driving economic prosperity for young women in the city.

The public-private partnership, called the Partnership for Young Women’s Progress: Springfield, will work with 20 organizations. An advisory council will include 20 young Springfield women.

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s office will offer its Women’s Economic Empowerment series as part of the project.

The three-year pilot program is funded in part by a $150,000 grant provided by the MassMutual Foundation Inc.

“This award is really amazing,” said Layla Taylor, board chairwoman of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. “It will allow us to build key partnerships and ensure that this is a successful program.”

“Springfield has so many wonderful, innovative things going on and we are so proud to be a partner and to be a national example is wonderful,” said Ali Mathias, MassMutual’s director of Charitable Giving and vice president of the MassMutual Foundation. “We have a very long legacy of helping people secure their future and protect the ones they love and that absolutely extends to the community, and this partnership is a wonderful example of that.”
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Mathias added that global research has shown that women are a key driver of economic development.

“I think it’s important to know that when we are investing in our young women and what that means for the city of Springfield,” she said.

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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman praised the work of the Obama’s Administration’s White House Council on Women as it issued its final updated report.

“This series is about savings, investing, salary negotiation, anything they want to learn about,” said Leanne Fay, director of educational programs for the treasurer’s office. “We are so thrilled to be partnering with the Women’s Fund and the city of Springfield on this.”

Also present at a press conference announcing the partnership were Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Lydia Martinez, who said this is a much needed program for Springfield students.

“Springfield Public Schools have approximately 12,366 young women that we get to touch the lives of everyday,” Martinez said. “We do a lot of concentration with our male students … but to really focus on our young women is so exciting to me.”

According to a press release announcing the initiative, the project will allow the partners to:

“Create leadership and high-level decision-making opportunities for young women in Springfield, and reward their efforts as part of a Young Women’s Leadership Advisory Council.”

“Analyze available data, examine current investments, and identify where partners can make a lasting impact.”

“Create a public document with young women’s economic growth and empowerment recommendations.”

“Generate and fund a phased action plan for the region that will include re-granting partnerships.”

“Engage message research conducted by a leading national firm that will help shape strategic communications. These strategic communications will be aimed at creating a positive shift from the current negative cultural narratives regarding young women in Springfield.”

“The Women’s Fund is very excited, very energized and honored that the community has entrusted us to steward this project,” Taylor said. “We will make sure it’s successful and we can’t wait to see the results that it brings.”

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