According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 2,300 single mothers are living in poverty in the Fargo-Moorhead area, a number that has increased 16% over the last six years. The majority of these mothers have children under the age of 4. Barriers to their success include unsafe, unstable housing and a lack of affordable, quality childcare, both of which create barriers to pursuing a college education that leads to career-track jobs.
Planning is underway in Fargo-Moorhead to build a campus to serve the many single mothers who are determined to change their lives and their children’s futures. The campus will provide:
Safe and Affordable Housing
Jeremiah’s housing makes it possible for women to pursue their post-secondary education while living in a safe, campus-style environment. This supportive community is a critical component to the success of young families.
Support for Career-Track College Education
With Jeremiah Program’s support, women set educational goals, choose a career-track path, and get into and through their degree program. This individualized support promotes a culture of accountability and success, while adding well-trained, critically needed workers to our local Fargo-Moorhead economy. This support fully aligns with the community’s strong educational foundation of colleges and universities with a variety of degree programs targeted toward in-demand professions.
Quality Early Childhood Education
Children receive high quality early childhood education and care from a center located on-site. That means Jeremiah children enter kindergarten ready and on par with their peers, resulting in a reduction in the need for academic support programs.
Empowerment and Life Skills
Through the pre-admission empowerment program, women develop the confidence, independence, self-determination and self-management to transform their lives. Life skills training helps them learn to reduce debt, build credit, and manage their finances responsibly.
Support our Fargo-Moorhead Program
Help get Jeremiah Program up and running in Fargo-Moorhead! Your financial contribution will help us achieve our goal of breaking ground on a our campus in 2015. Click here to give!
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