iSurf School, Santa Barbara, CA

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iSurf School, Santa Barbara, CA

About iSurf School and the Watergirl Fund:

Our mission is to break down the barriers - be they emotional , physical or financial - that prevent women from getting into the ocean and empowering themselves through the sport of surfing. 

The Movemeant Grant:

This grant allows us to provide over 75 individual surf lessons to young women in urban, disenfranchised neighborhoods in Southern California. These lessons include transportation, instruction, surf equipment (surfboards, wetsuits). Through surfing, we are bringing the joy and benefits of surfing to local at-risk and disadvantaged girls.  

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The Friendship Club, Nevada City

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The Friendship Club, Nevada City

About The Friendship Club:

The Friendship Club engages, educates and empowers girls at risk living in rural Nevada County, CA. The Friendship Club is a unique community-based, grassroots prevention program designed to reach girls from challenging family backgrounds who are at risk for dropping out of school or engaging in unhealthy behaviors. 

The Movemeant Grant:

The Friendship Club’s summer enrichment keeps our girls busy, active and learning during their vacation break. This is a critical time for adolescent girls who, without the social support of a positive peer support group and guidance from responsible adults, are vulnerable to going off track and indulging in unhealthy behaviors. The grant funds are used for a unique outdoor adventure with a 3 night, 4 day High Sierra experience.

The Friendship Club hosts the following activities for 25-30 girls: kayaking, swimming, paddle board, yoga, hiking, archery and culturally appropriate body image talks around the campfire at night.  We provide stimulating activities that improve minds and strengthen bodies and empower girls to see themselves as self-sufficient young women in control of their lives, in spite of the adversity they may face on a daily basis.

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The Wahine Project, Pacific Grove, CA

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The Wahine Project, Pacific Grove, CA

About The Wahine Project:

The mission of this organization is to build communities in which surfing can change the lives of girls who use skills learned in the ocean to overcome everyday challenges, inspired to achieve their fullest healthiest life.

The Movemeant Grant:

Through the Movemeant grant, six underserved girls, ages 7 - 14 from low-income, urban neighborhoods can attend Summer Surf Camp. This includes a full seven days of instruction, a wetsuit, a soft top surfboard, towel and bathing suit, camp gear, hat, sweatshirt, and lunch everyday.  Not only do they learn the art of both surfing and swimming, but they will be given the chance to learn accomplishment and achievements that give them the self-confidence to make better decisions in both their educational life and home life.

I felt like I was speeding super fast. I felt like I was moving at the speed of light. I felt like I could do so much more than just surf.

The Result:

The grant money for the Wahine Project provided access for six socio-economically girls to attend one week of Surf Camp, along with the all the gear necessary including, a wetsuit and a soft top surfboard.  From there, the grant recipients then utilized the gear to continue to enjoy the ocean beyond the confines of camp, creating lifelong habits of movement in the water.  

The Wahines have reported feeling cared for and inspired to continue their pursuits in the sea. They are more confident in their interactions in the ocean and more confident in their relationship with themselves and their bodies. 

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Upower, Seattle, WA

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Upower, Seattle, WA

About UPower:

Upower is a Seattle-based nonprofit (501c3) that provides no-cost fitness, health, and wellness classes to underserved teens in King County. Our vision is to provide broad access to quality programs that address current challenges in funding and access to health and wellness programs for teens in our community.

The Movemeant Grant:

In Fall 2015, Upower is expanding to the Tukwila school district to implement a pilot program of Upower classes for high school girls that are unable to complete their physical education credit due to health, family and various other reasons that prevent them from taking gym classes. Funds will be used to purchase exercise equipment and to bring in nutritional and body image guest speakers. 

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#AllGirlsCanPlay, One World Play Project, Berkeley, CA

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#AllGirlsCanPlay, One World Play Project, Berkeley, CA

About #allgirlscanplay and the One World Play Project:

One World Play Project makes, sells and distributes products and services to enable play both in the US and around the world, especially for those living in the harshest environments where play is nearly non-existent. Collaborating with like-minded sponsors, partners, foundations, organizations and individuals, our mission is:  to enable and expand the transformative power of play in all forms--anywhere and everywhere. 

One World Play Project delivers ultra-durable products and services to organizations working with disadvantaged communities where play and sport are used to foster social change. Our vision is to inspire at least 300+ million youth living in disadvantaged communities and turn the world into a field of play in the next 5 years (by 2020).

The Movemeant Grant:

Movemeant Foundation is supporting the #AllGirlsCanPlay (allgirlscanplay.com) Initiative—an advocacy and play initiative centered on helping girls realize their full potential through the power of play – in particular, they provide ultra-durable soccer balls to schools and communities who need them.  Our dollars would mean that we could put 80 balls on the ground in locations across the country, impacting 2,400 girls.

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Women’s Health Education Program, Columbus, OH

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Women’s Health Education Program, Columbus, OH

About the Women's Health Education Program (WHEP):

WHEP is a Columbus, OH-based organization that addresses the health and wellness needs of women, from youth to motherhood, empowering them to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle to maximize their quality of life and their positive impact on their family and the community. 

The Movemeant Grant:

With Movemeant, WHEP Ohio has produced a Health and Fitness Summer Workshop that's designed to address the health and wellness needs of low-income young women by empowering them, through a wide variety of educational and fitness programs, to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle that maximizes quality of life through education about nutrition and physical activity. 

The Results:

The Summer Camp (August 7, 10 and 11, 2015) was designed to increase the understanding of nutrition, the biological importance of food, and raise awareness on health issues (obesity, diabetes, smoking and more) and social issues (peer pressure, body image, media influence and more), all while creating a fun workout environment to motivate youth to live an active lifestyle.

The post-camp Workshop (November 10, 2015) was a follow-up workshop to touch base with the youth and continue encouraging and inspiring them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We also discussed healthy relationships, sexual health and self- confidence in making better decisions in life that impact our health. 

I enjoyed every workout. I actually learned new things about my body. It was really great overall, I only wish there were more people and we could do this more often!

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Sara Pennington, Zumba, Rochester, MN

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Sara Pennington, Zumba, Rochester, MN

About Sara Pennington, Individual Grant Recipient:

"Zumba has given me a sense of accomplishment that I’d never felt before. I worked hard, faced my fears, and witnessed my own improvement. I was able to own it.”  

This licensed Zumba instructor began thinking, "how I could share this with others, for free." I wanted to bring it outdoors in a fun and inviting environment and share with others what Zumba was all about. My goal was to have others feel the empowerment that I was experiencing. The idea to hold free Zumba classes in the downtown Peace Plaza was supported by many people and my dream was soon realized. Zumba on the Plaza was my first class. I was on a stage, with a microphone, leading a group of people with a crowd of spectators on the sidelines. I never thought I would be capable of something like this. Zumba has given me a purpose. It’s boosted my confidence immensely and provided me with a way to contribute to my community and inspire people.

The Movemeant Grant:

Zumba® on the Plaza is offering something new this year.  During the entire month of September are inviting Mothers to bring their Daughters with them to Zumba.  The goal is to empower and motivate young girls using fitness and who better to set the example than their own mothers! 

 

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CYCLE Kids, Boston, MA

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CYCLE Kids, Boston, MA

About CYCLE Kids:

The CYCLE Kids mission is to build healthy productive communities, starting with children and families. We aim to inspire healthy lifestyles, educate communities, and create supportive relationships through a comprehensive school-based bicycling and nutrition curriculum. 

The Movemeant Grant:

Movemeant Foundation is helping CYCLE Kids provide a bike build event at Girls Prep in the Bronx.  The bike build offers an incredible experience for young girls as they are given the chance to learn and interact with a team of professional cyclists from NYC.  They'll learn to ride, become more self-assured and use bicycling as a tool for getting more out of their education. 

Why this grant is important:

Getting kids on a bike at a young age can positively contribute to better grades, self-esteem, and overall health. 

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Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Stanford University, Stanford, CA

The Movemeant Grant:

Movemeant Foundation is providing two Stanford university groups, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and the student led Body Positive organization, with a financial grant to become trained in The Body Positive--a curriculum created by long-time Berkeley-based non-profit organization of the same name.  The goal is to create a more body positive campus at Stanford University.

Why is this grant important?

Negative body image is linked to poor overall life quality. It also leads to poor self-care, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviors, substance abuse, weight cycling, and relationship violence. We are especially concerned about these harmful behaviors in teens and young adults, which is why we provide body-oriented social emotional education. It is imperative to help young people create positive relationships with their physical selves in order to achieve their full potential.

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Performing Ourselves, Madison, WI

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Performing Ourselves, Madison, WI

The Movemeant Grant:  

In May of 2015, Performing Ourselves utilized Movemeant's grant to present its third annual showcase, “I Dance Because,” in the prestigious Madision institution Lathrop Hall, the home of the first college dance program in the country.  This celebration of dance was a citywide collaboration with seven low-income community centers serving hundreds of girls in grades K-8.

Why is this grant important?

Dance has the power to change lives and impact communities, and every child has the right to dance. Our youth participants are ethnically diverse and come from households at or below the poverty line. Throughout our 30 weeks of classes each academic year, our program teachers develop excellent professional skills in teaching, mentorship and community development, along with powerful, emotional connections with their students.

About Performing Ourselves:

Performing Ourselves is a dance outreach project based in Madison, WI. Under the direction of co-directors Kate Corby and Mariah LeFeber, the program employs undergraduate dance students to teach dance and wellness curriculum to girls in local community centers. Performing Ourselves combines dance education, dance/movement therapy principles and performance to bridge the opportunity gap and empower low-income girls in the areas of embodiment, self-concept and resiliency

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Funkanometry SF, San Francisco

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Funkanometry SF, San Francisco

The Movemeant Grant:

Funds from the Movemeant grant was used to lay the foundation for Funkanometry SF's new commitment to body positivity, both as an organization and a leader in the dance community.  Funds were utilized for a half-day training workshop for over 30 dance instructors who then put their newfound skills into practice as they began to teach dance to hundreds of young women (and young men) across the city.

Why is this grant important?

Through our Funksters youth training program, we strive to cultivate a diverse community of leaders dedicated to giving back and being role models in the dance community by being body positive. We want to teach youth and young adults dance history and foundation to give them the tools to create meaningful art for themselves, while building self-esteem and self-worth.

About Funkanometry SF:

Funkanometry SF Dance Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organized that has provided services for the Bay Area dance community for the past 13 years. The values of the organization - innovation, education, community, social impact and body positive - are what drives its professional and well-recognized programs.

Funkanonmetry SF aims to entertain, unite, and educate through it's love of dance, and continues to break boundaries in the urban dance community by being body positive and curating art that answers the question, "what do we want to say and why does it matter?" 

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Aptos Middle School, San Francisco

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Aptos Middle School, San Francisco

The Movemeant Grant:

The San Francisco Unified Public School District (SFUSD) has received a grant for which middle schools in impoverished neighborhoods across the city will be able to implement dance curriculum into their existing physical education programs. The goal is to better engage students who are failing to show up to school or are failing out of physical education because they are not motivated or too embarrassed to change into their gym clothes.  Aptos Middle School is the pilot program for SFUSD.

Why is this grant important?

Sedentary lifestyles have become a systemic problem throughout the United States.  Providing the opportunity for girls to reframe physical education by offering up activities that they enjoy is a small step in the right direction. In this case, dance is a bridge to getting young women active and adopting a healthier lifestyle and greater self-confidence.

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Learning Works Charter High School, Los Angeles

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Learning Works Charter High School, Los Angeles

About Learning Works Charter High School at Homeboy Industries:

The mission of Learning Works Charter School is to provide a personalized, rigorous academic program and relevant life skills to traditionally underserved students in grades 7-12 who have withdrawn or are in danger of withdrawing from mainstream education without attaining a high school diploma. The youth we serve would inaccurately be called “at-risk.” They are, in fact, “in crisis” or have already demonstrated a behavior or condition that exceeds at-risk, such as becoming pregnant, dropping out of school or entering the juvenile delinquency system.

The Movemeant Grant:

Funds from the Movemeant grant will support an immersive retreat for young women attending Learning Works Charter High School. This multi-day retreat will focus on connecting young women with their bodies, nature, and their children through expressive movement, hiking, dance, yoga, and other forms of exercise and expression. This leads them to a better understanding of their bodies and body image; while simultaneously providing them with skills in self-reliance and resiliency.

Why is this grant important?

With the emerging research on trauma and its impact on the body, this provides a distinct opportunity for us to work with our students outside of the school environment to use physical movement as a means of healing the profound physical, sexual, and emotional violence that our young women have experienced and to help them think about creating a healthy environment for their own children. 

 

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