Partnering with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) School of Public Policy and UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning program to provide undergraduate or graduate credits to the participants of our Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) has highlighted UMass Amherst as an industry leader in fostering innovative approaches to learning. LIPPI 2.0: Strategies for Social Change is a 500-level course which encourages participants to explore pathways for achieving social change, with a focus on developing the knowledge and skills to take action. By offering this credit benefit to a diverse community, our leaders are better equipped to step into public service and make a lasting difference in the world.
Your Women’s Fund is proud to be partnered with 18 Degrees, formerly known as Berkshire Children and Families, to manage and facilitate our Young Women’s Initiative. 18 Degrees is a non-profit dedicated to promoting the well-being of children and youth, and the strength of families to build better communities in Western Massachusetts.
The Mayor of Springfield and the Springfield Public School system are proud supporters of the Young Women’s Initiative (Springfield Partnership). The Young Women’s Advisory council (YWAC) meets in City Council Chambers.
“I would like you to know how much the focused discussion with peers and mentors nourished my confidence and stimulated an exciting breakthrough in my perception of myself as a leader.”
—Karen Traub, M.Ed., LIPPI ’16
Grant support received from the following:
Baystate Health Inc.
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Commonwealth of MA
Elizabeth Wright Fund at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Horace A. Moses Charitable Trust
Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation