Aug 24, 2018
DENVER – The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) has launched the North Denver Women Who Lead Women Empowerment and Leadership Program. This 12-week program provides women in the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods with opportunities to build leadership and job skills that will empower their personal and professional life — while also strengthening their social and civic capacity within their communities.
“When women prosper, their communities do, too. Economic mobility initiatives like this are key to providing that equity for all neighborhoods and ensuring all Denver residents have the tools and opportunities they need to build healthy, strong and successful futures,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “I look forward to seeing the great paths the women participating in this program will forge for themselves, their families, their neighborhoods, and for our city.”
The North Denver Women Who Lead program is one of several economic mobility pilot initiatives the NDCC is launching in 2018 as part of its mission to provide north Denver communities with resources that support them in building successful futures for themselves and their families. These pilot programs are aimed to help the families and individuals in the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods, and are centered around education, workforce development, entrepreneurship and leadership, while targeting youth, women, and small businesses.
“There is no lack of leadership in the north Denver communities, but there is a gap in access to education, to entrepreneurship, and to careers. We are proud to stand in that gap and be the bridge that helps residents and businesses access opportunities for growth, while amplifying their innate leadership,” Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, Tim Sandos said. “We’re excited to welcome participants into the Women Who Lead Program and help them build a sustainable future.”
During the 12-week program, participants meet once a week for two hours to learn how to become an active member of the community, receive increased exposure to a variety of occupations, create new pipelines to careers where there are currently low numbers of women employed, and learn ways to address job-related challenges. The program also provides each participant with a personal mentor and the opportunity to connect and learn from different industry women leaders from the Denver metro area during professional networking events. To live up to the vision of NDCC and provide more equity and opportunities for women in the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods, the North Denver Women Who Lead Women Empowerment and Leadership Program provides a small stipend to each participant to offset childcare, eldercare costs and transportation.