Ms President US in Ridgefield, CT is pleased to announce it has been awarded a competitive grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, The Fund for Women and Girls to support its expansion efforts in Fairfield County.
Ms President US, a girls’ civic leadership program, motivates and prepares girls in 4th-8th grade and their high school mentors to run for the highest civic leadership positions. Each cohort of girls participates in eight workshops, one field trip to the state capitol, and the culminating event - a Campaign and Election. These sessions focus on civic engagement and education, and leadership and empowerment skills.
“Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has been a loyal supporter of our program since the very first cohort in 2017. Its support goes beyond financial as it provides many educational opportunities for our staff, partnerships opportunities with other nonprofits, and encouragement to continue expanding,” said Amanda Cordano, Executive Director. “Grants like this confirm the importance of our mission and allow us to offer the programming to more girls across the county.”
Ms President US has shown over 300 girls in 4th thru 8th grade and their high school mentors the importance of female involvement in public service, the responsibility it entails, and the opportunity it provides. It aims to impart exemplary values in future leaders -- values that unite, uplift, and inspire regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.
Through this program, girls explore their own potential to lead, enhance skills, and expand their knowledge of what it takes to be a leader; learn about local, state, and federal leadership opportunities; hear from local and state leaders; visit their state capitol; give (or contribute to) a campaign speech, complemented by their choice of creative expression.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Its goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. fccfoundation.org.