Because we realize the value of long-term support for the women participating in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Project, teams are required to connect participants to a local support group for additional resources and guidance. The support group must be an organization other than your Enactus team.
Why Support Groups Matter
Many women are unaware of resources available to them. Connecting your project participants with additional resources will build your participants’ social assets and strengthen their foundation of support. These connections can lead to increased knowledge, supportive relationships, valuable services and new opportunities that will enable your participants to succeed in the workplace or their business.
How to Find Support Groups
Do some research in your community to find local support groups available to women. Teams should connect women to accessible, local resources that help them achieve their career/entrepreneurial goals or simply deepen their connection to the community. If you need help finding local resources, see below for recommendations by country. Contact Project Accelerator staff if you need further help identifying a local support group.
Entrepreneurial Training teams: please visit EmpowerWomen.org to download “Resources for Women Entrepreneurs,” an inventory of popular and pertinent resources, tools and technology to help women get their startup running and growing.
Suggested Support Groups
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- Small Business Development Centers
- New Canadian Center for Excellence (for immigrants & refugees)
- Women’s Federations
- Women Entrepreneur Associations
- Rotary International: A community of neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good.
- Lions Club International: The world’s largest service club organization that helps communities meet humanitarian needs.
- Centre for Women’s Development and Research – CWDR: Founded by female activists, their goal is to serve marginalized, vulnerable communities of women in the slums of Chennai and surrounding communities. Through education, organization, and advocacy, CWDR focuses on empowering three populations in particular: domestic workers, single women, and adolescent girls.
- Initiatives: Women in Development – IWID: An initiative of a group of women activists across India focused on commitment towards the empowerment of marginalized women both within NGOs and in the context of larger society.
- Association for Non-Traditional Employment for Women – ANEW: An NGO established to train underprivileged girls in non-traditional fields like Computers, Home Nursing, Car / Auto Driving and House Keeping.
Click here to view suggested support groups for Mexico.
- Many states and cities have local career/job centers to help people prepare and search for employment. Visit American Job Centers to search for job centers near you.
- The Map of State American Job Center Web Sites can help you find websites for one-stop career services by state.
- See what local women’s support groups are available in your area. Explore groups for working moms, single mothers, networking or just socialization.
- Check your local library. Many public libraries offer free services to help people find employment.
- Your local Chamber of Commerce may have resources or connections to other valuable organizations.