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Mom Project Offers 10,000 Women of Color Tech Scholarships

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Mom Project launched the RISE initiative that will provide 10,000 technology certificate scholarships to women of color (WOC) over the next three years.

Chicago-based Mom Project created a not-for-profit organization to tackle the “dramatic backslide in workplace equality due to COVID-19.” RISE offers WOC the chance to earn a certificate to increase their earning potential.

Mom ProjectDepending on the source. as of September 2020, Black women are paid 62-66 cents compared to a white man’s dollar. Moreover, they are two times as likely as white men to be furloughed or unemployed during the pandemic.

The certificate programs include — Salesforce Administrator, Google IT Support, or Microsoft Learn. Women can work on their certification while they continue to work and provide for their families

RISE initiative objective:

Is a scholarship program committed to accelerating equity for moms of color, providing access to upskill certifications while harnessing the power of community, support, and job placement — all in as little as three months and at no cost to participants!

Mom Project is partnering with technology upskilling providers to give candidates one-on-one support from maneuvering the curriculum to searching for jobs once they have finished their training. The project is also offering mentoring and pro bono coaching through their RALLY and Unity programs.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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Chicago Business Journal: The Mom Project offering tech scholarships for 10,000 women of color

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Cathy Milne-Ware is the Editor-in-Chief for Frackle Media and lead instructor for St. Agatha's News School. She enjoys helping youth discover their unlocked potential and helping them find their voice. As an instructor, her goal is to teach them the power of words and develop strategies that will serve them in the future by teaching effective communication skills including critical thinking and a sense of belonging. Cathy strives to be an advocate and mentor for each intern.

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