Human Services

NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN INC.

  • Berea, KY
  • www.nosw.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the New Opportunity School for Women, Inc. is to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region.

Main Programs

  1. Three-Week Residential Program
  2. One-Week, Non-Residential Programs
  3. Graduate Leadership Development Retreat
  4. Outreach/Support - Career & Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

Kentucky

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Lori Sliwa

Keywords

Self-reported

Economically Disadvantaged; Education; Women's Issues; Women's Health; Self-Esteem

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EIN

61-1323868

 Number

4730485226

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The core of NOSW's programming now has two components: one 3-week residential program in Berea and five to six 1-week non-residential programs hosted at partner sites throughout the Appalachian region of KY. Additionally, a 4-day Graduate Leadership Development Retreat was implemented in 2015 and continues to be offered annually each summer. All programs are designed to fulfill our mission of improving the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income Appalachian women. Statistical Achievements in 2016: 52 NOSW Information Session and Outreach Workshops were facilitated and served 1,213 individuals. 18 education scholarships were awarded. 13 graduates requested and received dental assistance. (NOTE: Education scholarship and dental assistance requests fluctuate depending on the readiness and needs of graduates.) NOSW's accomplishments can be seen in the changed lives of the women it serves. Formal surveys historically report that 79% have been employed, in school, or both; 80% have reported completing some form of higher/continuing education; 59% report that their children, and 64% report that their grandchildren, have continued their education after high school; 87% have experienced improved personal circumstances since graduating from the NOSW; and 89% feel a stronger sense of self-esteem and self-reliance. NOSW Graduate Impact Statement: ""The NOSW changed the trajectory of my life and put me on the path to seeking full-time employment in nonprofit social work since graduating the program in 2015. I have enrolled in Berea College as a full-time student seeking two degrees and have maintained an ""A"" average. I now have the opportunity to study the social support systems of the Island Nation of Cuba and I hope to incorporate what I learn into any employment opportunities that I can acquire in the field of social work upon graduation."" (J. W.-NOSW `15)

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Three-Week Residential Program

Each year NOSW invites up to 12 women to a 3-week residential program. There is no cost to the participants and funds for childcare and transportation are provided as needed. The intensive curriculum includes: leadership development, building self-esteem, goal setting, job search skills, computer basics, Appalachian literature, understanding violence against women, public speaking, learning how to become enrolled in further education, basic math/financial management, grammar and punctuation. Participants are offered mammograms, pap smears, other health screenings, and dental exams during the program and graduates are eligible for financial support for subsequent dental care. Health education is an integral part of the program, addressing wellness and any needed medical referrals.

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One-Week, Non-Residential Programs

The 1-week, non-residential programs will focus on building confidence, self-esteem, and goals. This format allows women who would not be able to attend the 3-week program to experience the core component of NOSW's curriculum and may also serve as an introduction or stepping stone toward attending the 3-week program. NOSW is partnering with organizations throughout the region to serve as host sites.

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Program 3

Graduate Leadership Development Retreat

The 4-day Graduate Leadership Development Retreat began in 2015 and is a new program designed to help graduates who need an extra boost of support, guidance, and resources to reach their goals.

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Outreach/Support - Career & Education

NOSW works actively in the Appalachian region to provide follow-up services for graduates including individualized support, funds for dental work and scholarships for higher education. Additionally, outreach programs and information sessions are facilitated in many of the region's isolated communities. NOSW encourages graduates to actively seek roles in their local schools, government and communities.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

Kentucky

Funding Needs

Your Donation Matters Sponsorship for one woman for one three-week session: $5000Meals for one woman for one three-week session: $400Books and supplies for one woman attending a session: $200Average child-care costs for one woman: $100 per weekEducation scholarships for graduates enrolled full-time $500 per semester and enrolled part-time-$350 per semesterGeneral Office Supplies

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NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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NEW OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR WOMEN INC.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lori Sliwa

BIO

Former Director - New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College - 2007-2009

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The NOSW began with the simple desire to help women find the power within to transform their lives. The NOSW has changed the lives of not only our graduates, but of their families and their communities. Statistics Worth Noting * Over 800 women have graduated from the combined NOSW programs in Berea, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee since 1987; * Historically, 79% of NOSW graduate survey respondents have reported that they are employed, in school, or both; and 80% have reported completing some form of higher/continuing education; * 59% report that their children had continued their education after high school; and 64% report that their grandchildren had continued their education after high school; * 76% report that their health/wellness is improved and they actively attend to their physical and mental well-being; * 89% feel a stronger sense of self-esteem and self-reliance."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sr. Robbie Pentecost

Sisters of Saint Francis

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2020

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