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Zonta Foothills Foundation

Zonta Foothils Club of Boulder County believes that every woman and girl deserves the opportunity to live a safe, healthy and empowered life. With your contribution, we invest in under resourced women, ensuring that the stay in school, remain safe from abuse and violence, and live strong and successful lives.

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Zonta EducateZ Scholarship

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Parents
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Zonta EducateZ Scholarship was created to make returning to or staying in school feasible for women who face significant financial barriers to higher education. Your donation to this scholarship fund helps these women reaching their potential.

How does the Zonta EducateZ Scholarship Work?

Its goal is to make returning to or staying in school a reality and we are committed to helping women who face significant financial barriers to higher education. The Zonta EducateZ Scholarship is awarded to a woman who:

wants to return to post secondary school,
faces significant financial barriers to attending a college, university or any accredited institution,
is committed to becoming self-sufficient through education.
To qualify for this scholarship award the applicant must:

be a resident of the State of Colorado
have graduated from high school or have earned a GED
be admitted to a two or four-year accredited college, university, or trade school
demonstrate financial need
complete the required essay
participate in an interview if requested.
The funds will not exceed $1000 per semester but smaller awards are possible. The amount awarded each recipient is determined by the selection committee according to the established criteria.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have awarded this scholarship to three women over $4000 in support since its inception in 2013. It has supported on recipient's course work at University of Colorado Denver, Front Range Community College, and CNA nursing school. All three women were low income and our support enabled them to remain in school.

PantherZ Z Cub

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Z clubs promote service to benefit their school, community and the world. They develop leadership skills and good character, and strive for scholastic achievement. In 2013 the Zonta Foothills Club worked with Boulder High School to build membership and in January 2013 the Boulder PantherZ was chartered and its 12 founding members inducted.

Michelle Carpenter, Boulder High Spanish teacher, the group's adviser explains our impact like this:

"The Zonta mentors encourage self-development via education by helping the PantherZ Z Club participants to see themselves and their future in a new light. Students now have someone with whom to discuss educational and career goals and dreams and to help guide them through the bewildering maze of college applications and decisions. Because of this, their school experience takes on more relevance and importance, and the idea of going to college becomes a real possibility. Together, mentors and students have worked on scholarship applications and college visits. The young ladies have a greater sense of confidence in their academic goals."

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since that time our club has inducted ten or more girls each year. Since then we have seen 100% of our members graduate from high school and 95% of them continue on to higher education. Our membership has grown to over 24 members.

In addition, we have been able to maintain our relationship with our graduating club members through the formation of a Golden Z Club. This group of college-aged young women continues to grow with the strength of our Z Club.

Flatirons Golden Z Club

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Our Flatirons Golden Z club has close to 20 members who at risk students attending The University of Colorado Boulder, Front Range Community College, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado Mesa University, and Community College of Denver. They meet once a month and work on community service projects, enjoy fellowship, mentorship and projects that help them realize international understanding. Our club Zonta Foothills Club members support the club members with scholarship support, general college guidance and mentorship.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Golden Z Club has retained 90 of its original membership. 100% of its members remain in college and we are about to welcome 8 new members.

Free Libraries

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Books encouraged families to read together. To that end we maintain free libraries at Sister Carmen Community Center EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association), Safe House and Harvest of Hope Pantry, the Boulder County Court House and Arapahoe Ridge High School. Anyone could take a book, return it or keep it to start their own family library. The books are donated by organizations and individuals from throughout our community. We sort and deliver the books 12 months or the years. To date we have delivered over 35,000 free books to families in need. .

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Evidence of Program's Success

Testimonials from the various organizations we support indicate that the books are an important part of their support to families in need. We have had to increase the frequency of our deliveries because the books are in high demand throughout the county.

BVSD Teen Parent Program Support

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Single Parents

Description

Since 2009 we have supported the Boulder Valley School's Teen Parenting Program with over $10,000 in special funds to support the needs to teen parents and their children. With our funds these young parents have received over $5000 in scholarships and refurbished computers. Our funds have also been placed in an emergency fund to pay for dental costs, transportation, clothing, food and other expenses through our support. We also help the program through one-on-one mentoring, participation in the program advisory board, free books and mock interview programs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The BVSD Teen Parent Program, provides annual reports as to how our funds have been used. As their primary community donor, since 2009 we have helped some 45 students stay in school, go on to college and establish stable families for themselves and their young children.

Zonta Says No!/ Culture of Respect

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Females
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

In a single day in 2011, 1,317 victims of domestic violence were served by community-based programs in Colorado.
Forty-seven percent of women in Colorado aged 18 and older (approximately 897,000 women) have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime, which is a slightly higher proportion than in the United States overall (45 percent).Colorado has the sixth highest lifetime prevalence of rape in the nation: nearly one in
four women in the state (24 percent, or an estimated 451,000) has been a victim of rape.

Because of these statistics Zonta Says No is an important project for our organization. "Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women" is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world. The campaign began in November 2012 to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities. It highlights Zonta International's ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls. This project has included Silent Witness displays around our high schools. These 25 Silent Witness silhouettes in black (for sexual violence story) and yellow (for rape culture story) tell victims stories. We also distributed 500 "Make the Call" Flier fliers throughout the county at, high schools, CU, Front Range Community College and public bathrooms around the community urgin vitims to get help. FInally, we supported of 20 Minutes of Action on the CU campus which brought the community together. MESA, the CU Women's Resource Center, The Watershed School, and students of University of Colorado Boulder in saying "No" to sexual violence on campus,

To replace rape culture with a Culture of Respect so that all people feel safe in ANY class or activity in our local schools. "The Culture of Respect Pledge" pledge says:
Because sexual harassment and sexual assault are prevalent in our society and…
Because these actions create a culture of intimidation, irresponsibility and fear…

Our programs join to replace this rape culture with a "Culture of Respect" so that ALL people feel safe ANYWHERE and that ALL students can reach their goals and realize their dreams.
We commit to this "Culture of Respect" pledge at Boulder-area High Schools.
- We will do our part to make all others feel respected and safe.
- We will treat ALL students, teachers & school staff with dignity, equality & respect.
- We will be aware of our language and the language around us.
- We will step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to harassment and assault

This pledge is being supported in BVSD through implementation of curriculum, school programs and other activities during the 2017-18 school year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Participation in Zonta Says No has grown over the last two years. We are being asked to participate in more projects around BVSD and anticipate even greater engagement in 2017-18.

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