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WOMEN WITH WINGS is a project of BAW which gathers area volunteers once a month to create small wire and beaded ‘winged-women’ which can be worn as pendants, pins or used as decorative ornaments.  Most of the materials used to create the ‘winged-women’ are donated to the project allowing us to produce ‘winged women’ at almost no cost.  We take our creations to community events and offer them as a gift for donations of $10 or more to our project.  Next year our project will donate over $1000 to programs that help women and girls in the region.  Volunteers of America of Kentucky will receive a donation to provide household goods to women who were homeless and have been given temporary housing.  Our second recipient, S.T.A.R.S. summer camp program for teen-aged girls in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood of Lexington, was also our choice as the 2009 recipient. Dates for 2009 work sessions are on the linked document above.


MISS: Mentoring Is Serving Sisters

This is a group mentoring project for fifth grade girls at Meadowthorpe Elementary School in Fayette County. The girls are engaged in activities such as building self-esteem, friendships, leadership skills, and teambuilding. We work with the Meadowthorpe Family Resource Center to identify the girls and coordinate with the school. We have 10 girls participating this year (08-09). 



The BAW Financial Workshops Committee began offering free workshops for women in March, 2005.  Since that time, 23 workshops have been offered, providing training for 441 women from 20 Kentucky Counties.  (Twelve of the counties are in the Bluegrass ADD.)  Workshops have been taught by Family and Consumer Science agents and other specialized trained presenters, and have been held at UK County Extension offices; the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum; Family Resource Centers; and the Kentucky Governor’s Conference for Kentucky’s Women.  Workshop topics have included: Budget Basics, Setting Priorities for Managing Expenses, Keeping Track of Important Papers and Records; Identity Theft; Credit Ratings; Catching the Entrepreneurial Spirit; Planning for the Future: Saving for Future Needs, ABC’s of Investing, Retirement; and Make the Most of Retirement Benefits.

In an effort to expand services, a Train-the-Trainer workshop was offered in June 2008 to train women to provide financial education for women and girls.  The workshop provided “Money Smart” training for women willing to teach using FDIC financial education training modules.  The women who attended committed to volunteer to teach in English and / or Spanish.  Currently financial education workshops for women are scheduled in Anderson County on April 4th and in Woodford County on April 23rd and April 28th.  A meeting of those who participated in the Train-the-Trainer workshop will be held April 16th. For more information, contact Financial Workshops chair Nancy Dicken at (859)533-4845. Attached is a document which details how BAW planned these workshops. Planning Information for Financial Workshops

These workshops are designed to educate women and girls about the difference in wages for professionals and have girls recognize the opportunities in both male and female dominated professions.

This project involves working with the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program to plan and implement workshops on developing workplace violence prevention policies for community businesses.

Partnering with Midway College and their Student Government Association, this project provides seminars focusing on self-development, community service, strategic leadership and women’s history.

Specific audiences, including students from elementary through college, women in transition and women who are seeking a career change, are offered appropriate workshops based on their need.

This project includes a series of workshops for women encouraging entrepreneurship and plans to conduct a market survey analysis, learn more about virtual assistance and identify resources.

A web-based listing of female mentors fro
m various career fields including medicine, pharmacy, etc., as well as non-traditional science fields such as engineering, is being created for teachers, principals, PTO’s and/or agencies looking for female role models.

This event will celebrate Women’s History month while recognizing and honoring women in the Bluegrass Area Development District who have shown a strong commitment to improving the economic status of women and girls in their counties.

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