The mission of SCEF is to create changemakers by providing self-development and virtual mentorship experiences for women, by women.
SCEF Virtual Mentoring Program envisions a community in which every young woman experiences nurturing relationships and community support, which in turn allows each of them to develop into their full potential, capable of making informed, responsible decisions as involved members of their communities.
At the Shirley Chisholm Education Foundation, we value women:
- Supporting and leading other women
- Giving back to their communities
- Building legacies
- Transcending patriarchal barriers
- Becoming change agents
- Becoming self-actualized
WHAT WE DO
Provide coaching, knowledge, and tools to build young women’s futures.
- Coach proteges through the Unbought & Unbossed master class
- Help proteges identify real-world challenges women face in their communities and help them to meet them head-on
- Guide proteges to seek out long-term mentors in their field of choice
- Mental wellness, an often-overlooked key to women’s personal and professional success
- Leadership training, as a driver for growth and innovation
- Financial literacy, central to long-term security and independence
OUR INSPIRATION: SHIRLEY’S STORY
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman ever elected to Congress, representing the New York 12th congressional district in Brooklyn. Assigned to the House Agricultural Committee, she used her position to supply surplus food to the poor and hungry. In cooperation with Republican Robert Dole of Kansas, she worked to expand the food stamp program. She later helped to create the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program (WIC) . These programs have helped feed millions of Americans and continue today.
‘I want to be remembered as a woman …Shirley Chisholm
who dared to be a catalyst for change.’
Ms. Chisholm served seven terms in the U.S. House. According to her official biography at The National Women’s History Museum, she “introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation and championed racial and gender equality, the plight of the poor, and ending the Vietnam War. At the beginning of her career as a congresswoman, Ms. Chisholm hired a female staff that was more than 50% African American. The gesture was not only a declaration of support for women from all backgrounds, but a stand for mentoring women. She was a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971, and in 1977 became the first black woman and second woman ever to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee.”
“Chisholm retired from Congress in 1983. She taught at Mount Holyoke College and co-founded the National Political Congress of Black Women. In 1991 she moved to Florida, and later declined the nomination to become U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica due to ill health. Of her legacy, Chisholm said, ‘I want to be remembered as a woman … who dared to be a catalyst of change.’”
MLA – Michals, Debra. “Shirley Chisholm.” National Women’s History Museum. National Women’s History Museum, 2015. Accessed January 4, 2021.
Chicago – Michals, Debra. “Shirley Chisholm.” National Women’s History Museum. 2015. www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/shirley-chisholm