Em­pow­er­ing women

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Women’s Net­work P.E.I. is now seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its women’s eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment project.

This project in­cludes Pro­pelle, a life skills and em­ploy­ment readi­ness pro­gram for women with a fo­cus on tra­di­tion­ally male work sec­tors. Pro­pelle fo­cuses on four themes: Per­sonal De­vel­op­ment; Em­ploy­ment Readi­ness; Ca­reer Ex­plo­ration; Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment.

The work par­tic­i­pants do dur­ing Pro­pelle can sup­port them to move for­ward in their lives in a pos­i­tive way. Par­tic­i­pants will also hear from em­ploy­ers, guest speak­ers and men­tors in var­i­ous fields and will tour with Hol­land Col­lege to ex­plore var­i­ous pro­gram and ca­reers avail­able.

“We are very ex­cited to of­fer Pro­pelle for a sec­ond year,” says pro­gram fa­cil­i­ta­tor Jaime Grif­fin. “We know that Pro­pelle can have a big im­pact on the lives of par­tic­i­pants and we are de­lighted to be do­ing in­take for our new group this fall.”

The pro­gram will run from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber 2017. It is free and travel and child­care al­lowances are avail­able to el­i­gi­ble par­tic­i­pants. There are also stipends avail­able for par­tic­i­pants who have no in­come while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram.

Pro­pelle is de­signed for women be­tween the ages 22-45 who have ex­pe­ri­enced one or more of the fol­low­ing: lim­ited at­tach­ment to the work­force, lack of con­fi­dence, lim­ited ed­u­ca­tion, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional poverty, ad­dic­tion is­sues, abuse, fam­ily vi­o­lence, men­tal and phys­i­cal health chal­lenges, lone par­ents with lim­ited sup­ports.

To ap­ply, visit the Women’s Net­work P.E.I. web­site at www. wn­pei.org

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