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TWF Educational and Informational Program

TWF has three core services for achieving the foundation’s mission: Health & Life Skills Training, Community Service, and Scholarships. The following is a brief overview of these services and programs. Expand each bullet by clicking on the + symbol.

Take Wings hosts a series of workshops for 60-80 girls monthly with a focus on self- esteem, etiquette, higher education, finances, decision making and communication skills. The health & life skills training address areas of ability (personal, social, health, and cognitive competencies) and aspects of identity, including perceptions of self-worth, belonging, self-awareness and responsibility.

The program emphasizes health and wellness, leadership, social responsibility, financial stability, self-sufficiency, and academic success. During the life skills training workshops the girls choose a topic for a program required essay and select their required community service project.

Through their participation in the workshops, young women have an opportunity to learn communication and negotiation skills, to think critically, to solve problems and make independent decisions. They also have a safe space where they can discuss personal issues that they would not necessarily address in the programs in their community.

Participants are required to complete 32 hours of community service annually. They complete these hours in their communities through a variety of activities including collecting clothes for shelters, reading to seniors at convalescent homes, participating in health fairs and health walks to raise money for AIDS/HIV, Breast Cancer and other worthy causes.
Every year, Take Wings holds an Annual Angels Awards Benefit to raise funds for scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to approximately 15 young women that are enrolled in a 2 to 4 year college or a trade school. In order to qualify for the scholarship, they must complete all of the workshops, participate in community service activities, and write an essay on a topic of our choosing. Scholarship amounts are based on the funds raised at the Annual Angels Awards Benefit Event
Young women who have participated in the TWF programs and are now graduating, participate in a weekend retreat where there is a motivational speaker and a rites-of-passage ceremony. It is a time of relaxation, education and a celebration of personal accomplishments.
Young women, who participate in the workshops and community service, spend an evening with Terri J. Vaughn and celebrity friends at the Home for the Holidays Dinner held in December. There, celebrities talk about personal experiences, challenges and successes they faced as teens. The goal is to challenge each girl to discover her own vision, talents and goals as these celebrities did.