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The Women’s and Girls’ Fund For Women Empowerment

September 8, 2014 | By admin

Kern FoundationThe Women’s and Girls’ Fund is a leadership initiative of the Kern Community Foundation that aims to transform the lives of women and girls living in Kern County, California with education, providing financial aid and women empowerment. Recently, The Women’s and Girls’ Fund announced its eight cycle of grantmaking, with more than $30,000 available to Kern County nonprofits that focus on the education, economics, health and safety of local women and girls.

In 2013, Latina Leaders was the recipient of The Women’s and Girls’ Fund. Latina Leaders encourages girls to attend college. Marbella Avalos, an 18-year-old freshman at UCLA, is one of the scholars of Latina Leaders. Before her junior year in high school, she hoped to continue her studies in college but never dreamed of attending one of the top universities. She agreed to attend and eight-month long program run by Latina Leaders in Kern County. Avalos said, “Latina Leaders actually made me feel I was capable. It gave me a passion to represent Latinas. It really motivated me to be a person of change.”

Latina Leaders President and Chair of the Education Committee Norma Rojas-Mora disclosed that the 2013 grant of $6,250 not only reached more girls like Avalos, but it also secured additional funding. She said all 20 high school seniors in the 2013 program went to college and this year, the organization was able to reach 100 students, 23 of which went to college.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund began in 2005 and its previous grantees have included Mountain Communities Family Resource Center, Planned Parenthood, Community Action Partnership of Kern, Dress for Success Bakersfield and Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation.

To know more about The Women’s and Girls’ Fund, visit its website at


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