Adelante Mujeres wins Renewal Award

A Washington County nonprofit agency is one of five groups honored in a national grant competition.

Adelante Mujeres, based in Forest Grove, is a 2019 honoree in the Renewal Awards, a joint effort by Allstate Insurance Co. and The Atlantic. According to a press release, 9,300 nonprofit groups apply for the contest, which aims to honor and provide grants to organizations making positive changes in their communities.

“Across the country, this year’s Renewal Award winners are improving their communities by empowering women, supporting new immigrants, and providing innovative educational paths for young people,” explained Elizabeth Brady, Chief Marketing Officer at Allstate. “Allstate is proud to invest in these changemakers who are making a difference in the lives of others every day.”

The release said Adelante Mujeres translates to “Women Rise Up.” Founded in 2002, the agency serves more than 8,000 Latina women annually as its leaders work to overcome the observed generations of poverty, social isolation and sexism, a combination that limits opportunities for empowerment and education.

The agency’s Chicas Youth Development Program annually works with more than 600 students in third through 12th grades offer support for maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as helping girls develop a cultural identity and achieve academic success. A press release said 100 percent of the high school seniors in the program graduate and attend college. Adelante Mujeres also provided more than 400 hours of technical assistance and individual coaching to help Latina entrepreneurs establish businesses.

Adelante Mujeres is the Northwest Region 2019 honoree, and organization leaders will attend the national Renewal Summit in New York on Wednesday, April 3. Winners already are aware they are getting a $20,000 grant, but Allstate and The Atlantic said at this year’s ceremony they plan to surprise winners by doubling the grant amount to a full $40,000.

“From New York to California, and Oregon to Kentucky, this year’s Renewal Award finalists testify to the creativity, tenacity and determination of the grassroots innovators rejuvenating communities around the country,” said Ronald Brownstein, senior editor of The Atlantic, in a press release. “We are proud to help shine a spotlight on the work of our extraordinary finalists and to give the public a chance to learn more about them. Their collective message is that even with all of the conflict and stalemate of national politics, America’s capacity to renew itself from the bottom up remains as vibrant as ever.”

From more than 9,300 applicants, judges winnowed the list to 15 finalists, which included three Youth Empowerment Award finalists. Public voting ran from Feb. 11 to March 1.

“Allstate makes The Renewal Awards possible because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities,” said Stacy Sharpe, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate relations, in a press release. “We also know from the vast number of applicants that the need is great — but so too is the creativity and diversity among change-makers across the country. We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger.”

In addition to public voting, a panel of judges evaluates nominees. The panel includes nonprofit executives, business and government officials as well as past winners. This year’s panel included 2018 winners Bob Curry, of the Hazleton Integration Project in Hazleton, Pennsylvania; and Melissa Sawyer with the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans.

Allstate and The Atlantic started the Renewal Awards in 2015, and since then have given more than $300,000 in grants from Allstate to 16 organizations.

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