2022 Grants Challenge

Time2Dream Fund Request

The initiative that this grant will support aims to give Black and Brown women options for workforce development and upskilling that will enable them to land high-quality jobs, advance them in their careers, and earn higher salaries.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Income Inequality

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

San Fernando Valley

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

Black and Brown women have gone into more diverse jobs over the years, however, they have also experienced considerable occupational segregation, meaning they are reduced in businesses that give lower salaries with limited mobility. Yet when they enter into businesses traditionally held by men or white workers, Black and Brown females frequently experience resistance because they are not perceived as fitting the traditional role. The narrow perspective perpetuates the story that defines Black and Brown women's work choices and erects barriers to their next career development.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

This initiative will provide women of color with resources for economic and financial freedom. We will conduct risk assessment to identify areas of greatest deficit, followed by empowerment debriefings to help in the reduction of recidivism and disenchantment. We will also create achievement plans of action. We will have a community of peers and mentors to provide support and advice. Education opportunities will also be provided to help with their career and financial advancement.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

It makes a strong statement when you see Black and Brown women in leadership roles. It implies that there are more people than simply the select few who have mastered the system's workings. Los Angeles County would have more resources to help Black and Brown women, and the jobs will be more diverse if our work is successful. A more inclusive work environment would help our county to flourish when everyone has a fair chance.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Our organization supports Black & Brown women by providing a no cost solution as they formulate a plan for their dreams. Equipped with a clear knowledge and understanding of the biases and barriers Black women face when starting a new venture, our team provides practical advice and resources to guide our “dreamers” through any hurdles. Our focus is on economic empowerment and economic freedom for women. We are dedicated to change their lives by providing alternatives, solutions, and connections to resources that will make that possible.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 12

Indirect Impact: 120