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Three area programs receive Women's Foundation grants

WILLMAR -- Three West Central Minnesota programs have been awarded multi-year grants from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota through its girlsBEST Fund.

WILLMAR -- Three West Central Minnesota programs have been awarded multi-year grants from the Women's Foundation of Minnesota through its girlsBEST Fund.

According to a news release from the Women's Foundation, Willmar Community Education and Recreation received a $15,000 grant to support its Girl Talk program. The program is focused on helping East African immigrant middle and high school girls stay in school and pursue college and future career goals, including connecting to American culture and the Willmar area and resources and increasing understanding across the community.

New Horizons Crisis Center in Redwood Falls received a $15,000 grant for its Girls Relationship Program. The peer learning program aims to give girls knowledge and tools and to have an outlet to address the issues they face with mentors and peers, in order to help them make more positive, informed choices in their present and future relationships.

Dakota Wicohan in Morton received an $18,000 grant for its peer leadership project. The project is focused on building the leadership capacity of young Native American women and adolescent girls in the Redwood Falls-Lower Sioux Community area, through culturally relevant mentoring with an academic and community focus.

The girlsBEST Fund awards multi-year grants that can be renewed for up to three years to programs that build the future economic success of Minnesota's girls. According to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, priority is given to programs that include outreach to underserved, underrepresented populations of girls around the state.

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-- Staff reports

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