Single mothers are no longer a minority looked upon with shame in many parts of the United States and around the world. The rising divorce rate combined with the increase in the age at which many people choose to get married contributes to the increase in single parent homes. Unfortunately, single parent homes are becoming increasingly common. It is agreed that under most circumstances raising children in a two-parent home is better for the growth and development of the child. However, this is not always safe, feasible, or realistic.
Project Single Moms is an advocacy and support not-for-profit organization for single mothers. Stephanie M. Clark, founder of Project Single Moms (PSM) and My Daughter’s Keeper MDK), said, “Single mothers have a voice, and that voice must be heard.” Ms. Clark, a single mother herself, has worked tirelessly for over 13 years making sure the single mother’s voice is not muffled. Her organization is based on the “hand up” principle.
What PSM says about PSM: PROJECT SINGLE MOMS™ was created in 2007 and is a 501(c)3 educational and self-development nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, GA. Our national programs are designed to strengthen and engage single moms in the primary focal areas of education and empowerment which includes: Pursuing Advanced Education; Employment; Parenting Skills & Support; Financial Literacy & Wealth Building; Health & Wellness (Mental, Emotional & Physical); Homeownership Attainment; Starting & Growing a Successful Business; and Personal Empowerment & Self-Development. This grassroots movement is currently serving more than 2,500 single moms in forty-five (45) states in America and has also attracted the interest and participation of single moms from Australia, Malaysia, Ghana, Switzerland, Albania, Greece, Germany and Jamaica.”
Stephanie Clark calls attention to today’s single mother and the specific needs which arise with age (such as teen mothers), race (such as the African-American mother), and socio-economic factors. Project Single Moms is not a one stop shop for every single mother; but, it is a one of the first places a single mother should look. If there is a Project Single Moms in your community, you have a support system. Ms. Clark is continuously expanding the organization and sees the need in Philadelphia. She welcomes single mothers who want to start an affiliate in the Philadelphia area.
Per the organization’s media kit: “On March 4, 2011, The Center for American Progress and the White House Council on Women and Girls hosted a discussion on the status of women in America. The White House Council on Women and Girls commissioned a study on “Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being” which provides a statistical portrait showing how women’s lives are changing in five critical areas: people, families and income; education; employment; health; and crime and violence.”
Social impact is not only a mission for the organization, it is a reality. This week PSM consider National Advocacy Week for Single Mothers. The advocacy campaign runs from May 2nd- May 6th, 2011. Ms. Clark was invited to an “exclusive luncheon briefing with President Obama’s Senior Administration officials at the White House on May 4, 2011.” Project Single Moms is advocacy in action!
Project Single Moms is making a difference by facilitating growth, change, and empowerment for single mothers. They appreciate volunteers, monetary tax-deductible donations, researchers, and corporate sponsorship.
For more information or to start a PSM affiliate in Philadelphia contact:
Website: www.projectsinglemoms.comor www.stephaniemclark.com
Email: [email protected]
Corporate Sponsorship: [email protected] or at (866) 531-8611 ext. 901.
Teen Moms: [email protected]
Small Business Academy: [email protected]
Keynote or Topical Speakers Inquiries: [email protected] or contact Shanick Moore, National Program Coordinator, at 866-531-8611 ext. 902