Our Self-Empowerment & Economic Development (SEED) program is designed to foster economic independence and self-reliance among survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and even new immigrant population that are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Our comprehensive program offers instruction on 4 core topics: ESL, financial literacy, basic computer literacy and career development training.
To create a holistic approach, these core learnings are supplemented with talks and workshops on other critical soft skills that impact self-confidence: such as yoga, hygiene, personal health, self-assertiveness, awareness of basic employee rights, self-defense, art and even grooming etiquette. Upon completion of a full SEED session, participants are in a position to think about and articulate next steps towards becoming economically and financially independent.
SEED classes are offered on a modular basis, allowing students to choose topics of learning they feel are most appropriate for their personal and professional needs.
Throughout the whole SEED session, free childcare is also provided so children can travel with their parents. Many of these children have experienced family violence as well and need to be supported, just as their mothers are healing from traumatic past.
We are in the process of expanding the SEED program to be able to offer these children trauma-informed services as well, focusing on mental health, healthy conflict resolution, and school success.
SEED sessions may be offered as a comprehensive 12-week session or as individual modules teaching financial literacy, computer literacy or career development training.
Last year alone SEED served more than 70 participants all across the East Bay area.
Please contact [email protected] for further information or inquiries.