For the purposes of this grant and the General Fund applications:
- Access to Educational Opportunity is an effort to invest in programs that address the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for Black, Indigenous and students of color. This includes a focus on interventions that support the success and completion of a high school diploma or GED and accessing and succeeding in higher education or vocational training programs that leads to self and/or family sustaining work.
- Economic Mobility and Financial Stability is an effort to support upstream interventions that improve the financial wellbeing of people and promote the financial capability of communities of color, which have been historically excluded by traditional financials. Per United Way Worldwide, in order for people to achieve financial stability and subsequently improve their socio-economic status, they need the education and skills to get a good-paying job with the possibility for promotion; access to affordable financial products; and the knowledge, skills and supports to make choices that help them achieve their financial goals.
The goal of this grant is to directly address racial disparities and promote racial equity in our communities. We tried to strike a balance between recognizing that language is limiting and it is important to be explicit. So, while no words are perfect to ensure they resonate with every person this grant seeks to support, we worked with our partners to do our best to identify the words that would most resonate with those folks in the Dane County and Greater Milwaukee region.