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Published on May 26th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


100 Black Women and Kilbourne Elementary School Host “Grand Finale”

In photo, L to R: Dr. Linda Norton, Principal, Vivian T. Coaxum, Shantal Chan-Friday, Mary Miller McClellan, President, Dr. Yvonne Corppetts, Kimberly Spivey, Regina Carson, Dr. Debra Brathwaite, Deputy Superintendent, Richland One School District, Dr. Eloise Fomby-Denson, Mary Skinner Jones, Dr. Anita Carman and Monica P. Butler.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women in partnership with the  Kilbourne  Elementary School recently hosted its “Grand Finale,” a culminating activity of the  Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) and the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) that recognized and highlighted the accomplishments of all participants.

The Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP)  met monthly this year to provide a series of empowerment workshops for the mothers of the South Kilbourne Elementary School students. The focus of the program was on gender equity and leadership development in the areas of health, education and economic development. The goal was to equip the participants with information and strategies that will ultimately build bridges of success and enable them to navigate to the next phase of their lives.

The Youth Empowerment  Program (YEP) is the buddy component to the Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP). The YEP was developed to remove childcare barriers and to enable the mothers to bring their children with them to the monthly workshop sessions. While the parents were engaged in  WEP activities, childcare and educational youth empowerment activities were provided for the children by the professional staff at South Kilbourne Elementary School.

The “Grand Finale” was a luncheon program of recognition and celebration of the achievements of both the WEP and YEP participants as the school year approaches its conclusion. The participants shared testimonials of behavioral changes and additional examples of how the program positively impacted their lives. The  YEP/WEP will resume in September 2014 and will meet monthly through June 2015.

Both, Mary Miller McClellan, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Dr. Linda Norton, Principal of South Kilbourne Elementary School, agree that the WEP/YEP collaboration was a tremendous success from which all the participants benefitted.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization founded in New York City in 1970 in an effort to continue the successful implementation of socio-economic and political strategies that began in mid 1960. There are currently 64 chapters nationwide with a membership that includes a diverse group of progressive professional women.

For additional information, visit the chapter’s website at or Facebook.

Submitted by Monica Butler


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