September 8 is International Literacy Day! And while we will be celebrating by reading a book, either real or digital, millions of Americans will not be able to do the same. On this day we shine a spotlight on global literacy needs and how they empower individuals and communities.
Part I of this series focused on the historical aspect of how women of color are silenced. Hearing the voices of women of color means having them participate in all aspects of society, valuing their contributions. In this final part of our two-part series, we explore modern day silencing of women of color in American society and suggest ways to bring their voices forward into the conversation.
For young adults, the Sheri and Les Biller Foundation has a program called BankWork$, launched in 2006, and CareerWork$ Medical, launched in 2017. The programs, operated in the Seattle area in partnership with the YWCA, focus on placing people into high-demand jobs in the banking and medical sectors. The free programs are eight weeks. Following graduation the foundation holds a job fair for students to connect with employers.
Leadership development program that promotes academic skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) for high school-age girls of color in Seattle. Activities begin the summer before ninth grade and continue with afterschool activities and leadership opportunities through graduation, to support young women of color in school and life.