(Dec. 4, 2013) — The Ripley Memorial Foundation, a donor advised fund of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, has awarded $62,100 in grants to 11 organizations. The grant period is January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Annex Teen Clinic | $4,800 – To support health education programs to prevent unintended teen pregnancy in north Minneapolis and northwest Hennepin County.
Centro | $8,000 – To support the Raices Youth Development Program, an evidence-based multi-component youth development program that reduces the likelihood of pregnancy among low-income Latino teens in Minneapolis.
Division of Indian Work | $4,000 – To support Live It!, which provides facilitator trainings to the staff of reservation and urban youth serving programs with holistic Indigenous specific curriculum developed and designed by the Division of Indian Work.
Family Tree Clinic | $4,200 – To support a comprehensive, science-based sex education program delivered in Twin Cities Metro schools, prioritizing schools with high percentages of low-income students and students of color.
FamilyWise | $7,000 – To support the delay of the onset of a second or additional pregnancies of parenting teens by providing a high-quality youth development promoting healthy lifestyles and continued education.
Neighborhood Health Source | $2,200 – To support the implementation of a teen council focused on healthy lifestyles and sexual health.
Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD | $8,000 – To prevent unintended pregnancies, nurture health youth development, and provide information and education about sexual and reproductive health in the African and Hmong immigrant communities.
Plymouth Christian Youth Center | $8,000 – To support First Things First, a comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention, including daily sex education curriculum and classes, weekly small group discussions, individual health assessments, one-to-one counseling, and comprehensive clinical care.
Resource Employment Action Center | $8, 000 –To support Bright Futures, a program to decrease the repeat pregnancy rate and increase the educational attainment of low-income teen mothers.
Way to Grow | $2,400 – To support Dream Tracks, a competency-based program for teen parents, their children and extended families. Programming includes home visits, group sessions, career and volunteer opportunities.
West Side Community Health Services | $5,500 – To support Health Start, a school-based clinic that provides a range of services, including contraceptive care through nine high school clinics within St. Paul Public Schools.
About the Ripley Memorial Foundation
Established in 1957, the Ripley Memorial Foundation honors the legacy of Dr. Martha Ripley by funding programs that foster and enhance the health and well-being of women. It awards grants to direct service programs which focus on teen pregnancy prevention. Applicants must be located in either Hennepin or Ramsey counties, and priority is given to programs that employ best practices and serve populations experiencing the highest rates of teen pregnancy. In April 2009, the Ripley Memorial Foundation became a Donor Advised Fund of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. More at www.wfmn.org.