The You First Community Foundation has opened its doors and is about the business of advocating for women and girls from inside the Hickory Ridge Town Center.
Last Friday, Betina Hunt, the first Ms. Tennessee Corporate America and President of You First Community Foundation, held a fundraising breakfast to support the mission and programs of You First.
You First Community Foundation has two focuses – to provide information, education and access to reduce recidivism for women and female juvenile offenders, and to eradicate period poverty.
There are fewer resources for women transitioning from prison than men, said Hunt, who added that many women are referred away from Memphis because due to lack a of resources and support. Hunt hopes to turn that around through her ReStart Reentry Program.
State Sen. London Lamar, who was among the notables on hand, noted that she partnered with Sen. Sara Kyles to remove taxes on feminine health care products, adding that she was happy to support You First Community Foundation because it’s important that women have these products.
Hunt said one in five women and girls miss school or work due to lack of access or funds to get period products.
The ribbon cutting ceremony followed the breakfast. Guests also included representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber.
At the new facility, women can receive reentry resources and services and will have access to support groups as well as job training and placement. You First also provides mentorship for women and female juveniles.
The new location will also serve as the Memphis headquarters for Reign Premium Sanitary Napkins and Panty liners. Reign Pads are described as “chemical free, nontoxic and a healthier alternative for people who menstruate.”
(For more information about You First Community Foundation, including monthly workshops and hygiene tours: call (901)-249-7281, visit Youfirstcf.org, email [email protected].)