Grundy County University of Missouri Extension Council is the recipient of a Heartland Foundation CollaborACTION grant of $4,350. The granted funds will assist efforts in the Grundy County extension’s Step Out and Up to Leadership program.
The program teaches life skills to incarcerated women preparing to reenter the community. The goal is to help women find a place for their strengths in the community by providing leadership and life skills.
Heartland Foundation Resources Coordinator, Dr. Sandra Pettit Weber, said she is excited to see the project progress and move forward. She says
“This is a wonderful educational program for incarcerated women that the Grundy County University of Missouri Extension Council is providing,” Pettit Weber said. “It will not only help these women move forward, it will also help the community move forward.”
Every month, approximately 100 women are released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center, many of whom remain in the area. One of the most dominant issues these women face upon release is low self-esteem. The Grundy County University of Missouri Extension Council wanted to help women be successful by providing tools and building the confidence to invest in themselves and their community.