Aqua Foundation for Women 2011 Grant Recipients
Aqua Foundation for Women supported seven key organizations this year with grants, for total of $40,000, which were formally announced at Aqua Affair on November 13th. We are proud to announce that Pride Center, Safe Schools South Florida, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, and PFLAG of Fort Lauderdale are our 2011 grant recipients and that Pridelines, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Safe Schools South Florida are our 2011 Legacy Grant recipients. These organizations are doing vital work in our communities and we are honored to be a part of that.
Pride Center will use the funds granted by Aqua Foundation to create an online directory of healthcare professionals who have passed a vetting process to determine that they treat LBT women with the respect they deserve. We are confident that having access to this information will encourage LBT women to seek medical attention with greater frequency and comfort and, ultimately, save lives.
Safe Schools South Florida received funding for their project “Meet the Real World,” which is a special OUTlet/RelationSHIFTS event (part of their “Women in Training” program) that fosters leadership skills and provides employment support activities, in addition to adult mentoring for LBT women.
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies will be conducting a study of the health risks of transgender women in South Florida. There is very little documented knowledge on this subject. Aqua is proud to be a part of this important work.
PFLAG of Fort Lauderdale will be using the funds granted to begin an awareness campaign so that more friends and family of those who identify as LGBT know they have a place to go for information and support. This resource will help many families provide a more supportive environment for LGBT people, especially youth.