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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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“National Coalition of 100 Black Women Collaborates with South Kilbourne Elementary School”

In photo from left to right: 1st row: Doris Byrd and Miriam Sneed; 2nd row: Monica Butler, Dr. Yvonne Corppetts, Dr. Thrisha Shriver, Kimberly Smith, Mary Miller McClellan, Chapter President; 3rd row: Dr. Eloise Fomby-Denson, Regina Carson, Angela Houlemard, Esq.; 4th row: Vivian T. Coaxum, Kimberly Shivey, CRT, Shantal Chan-Friday, Dr. Sheila Jones and Dr. Linda Norton, School Principal

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Organizing Group, in collaboration with the South Kilbourne Elementary School, recently sponsored its initial “Women’s Empowerment Program” (WEP). The program is designed to provide a series of monthly workshops for the parents of the South Kilbourne students. The focus of the program is on gender equity and leadership development in the areas of health, education and economic development. The goal is to equip the participants with strategies and information that will ultimately build bridges for success and enable them to navigate to the next phase of their lives.

WEP, The Women’s Empowerment Program has a buddy component, which is YEP, the “Youth Empowerment Program.” YEP was designed to remove childcare barriers from the parents’ ability to participate by enabling the mothers to bring their children with them to the monthly workshop sessions. While the parents were engaged in the WEP activities, childcare and educational youth empowerment activities were provided for the children by the professional staff of South Kilbourne Elementary School..

The kickoff of the women’s program commenced with breakfast, interactive, engaging, motivational and empowering workshops and incentives, then concluded with a Zumba session and lunch.

Dr. Linda Norton, Principal the South Kilbourne Elementary School has enthusiastically embraced this partnership as an opportunity for growth and elevation for the parents of her students. Dr. Norton is to be commended on her commitment to both her students and their parents.

According to Mary Miller McClellan, President of the NC100BW, Inc., “This is a true collaboration and we are pleased to partner with the South Kilbourne Elementary School and enthusiastically look forward to continuing to co sponsor a variety of empowering workshops for the attendees each month.”

It is the collective expectation of both the NC100BW, Inc., Columbia (SC) Organizing Group and the Kilbourne Elementary School staff that both WEP and YEP will propel the South Kilbourne Elementary School’s community and residents to soar “From Great to Excellent.”

Submitted by: Monica P. Butler, Chapter Reporter (803) 319-6643


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