PLATINUM2024

EMERGE MOTHERS ACADEMY

Strengthening Mom-Led Families and Futures

Minneapolis, MN   |  emergetwincities.org

Mission

Emerge Mothers Academy is a MN-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that comes alongside single moms to equip them to emerge as confident women and caring mothers. Emerge Mothers Academy works toward long-term stability and independence for mom-led households, through an array of wrap-around social supports.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Rebecca Erickson

Main address

PO Box 46226

Minneapolis, MN 55446 USA

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EIN

45-4236957

NTEE code info

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2019, 29% of children in Minnesota were being raised in a single-parent household (Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data 2019). The single moms served by EMA face a myriad of challenges such as financial and housing insecurity, trying to re-enter or get ahead in the workforce, building a budget and savings plan for a one-income household, learning how to create positive co-parenting dynamics, managing child support issues, how to make time for networking and professional growth, and feeling a sense of isolation. Nationally, 23.4% of mom-led families are living in poverty (five times the rate for married couples), 27% of mom-led families are food insecure, 62% receive food stamps, and 31% get their health insurance through Medicaid. To meet this need, EMA equip moms with the resources, education, support, and encouragement they need to overcome these barriers and build a better life for themselves and their children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Work Prep & Job Placement Support

Emerge Mothers Academy offers single moms one-on-one and small-group job skills training and job placement support to help them land a new or higher paying job. In 2023, EMA supported 19 moms through Work Prep with those moms earning a combined $441,500 in new salaries.

As one mom enrolled in Work Prep shared, "I got offered the job! You kept me motivated and positive, and I never gave up looking and applying for jobs. You helped me land the job I wanted! Thank you again!

Population(s) Served
Single parents

Emerge Mothers Academy provides clients with financial literacy education in small group and one-on-one settings and via a 20-module webinar. The curriculum (developed by women for women) includes sessions related to examining your budget, creating an accurate financial plan, and setting financial goals. In 2023, EMA served 53 moms via our Financial Literacy Education service and 48 moms made positive gains in their financial literacy whether that was opening a savings or retirement account, purchasing a new home, decreasing credit card debt, increasing their credit score, etc.

As one mom enrolled shared, "This financial literacy course was so eye opening for me. It helped me come up with a financial strategy to budget my household spending, start an emergency fund and contribute more to my 401K. I've now implemented the weekly financial check-in and it's helped me have a more positive relationship with my money!"

Population(s) Served
Single parents

Emerge Mothers Academy leads weekly small-group classes focused on helping single moms develop practical and positive parenting skills.

Additionally, mentors, who have lived experience as a single mom, are paired with clients to provide a positive support system and to address specific needs.

These services create positive community-building opportunities for single moms to help them expand their "proverbial village" and network of support. In 2023, 516 (duplicated) moms attended a Parenting Class, community-building event, or met regularly with their mentor.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Single parents
Adults
Single parents
Adults
Single parents

Emerge Mothers Academy connects moms with our services and acts as a liaison to other organizations (including mental health services, legal, housing, county social workers). Additionally, Emerge Mothers Academy has vetted and built relationships with several diverse mental health practitioners and has a "referral catalog" that is used by our client advocate to connect clients with mental health practitioners that fit their unique needs in terms of expertise, background, race/ethnicity, etc. This model equips EMA's client advocate to connect clients with vetted mental health practitioners that fit their unique needs in terms of background and expertise. In 2023, Emerge Mothers Academy helped 186 mom-led families stabilize via 1,151 service hours.

Population(s) Served
Single parents

Emerge Mothers Academy increases the stability of mom-led families by providing short-term emergency material and financial aid (grocery gift cards, diapers, rental assistance, bus passes and gas cards, etc.) Emerge Mothers Academy also creates opportunities for mom-led families to connect by providing wellness-promoting events like Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gifts, Mother's Day family photoshoot and gifts, moms connection nights, etc.

In 2023, Emerge Mothers Academy provided $25,183 in financial support to help mom led families navigate a time of crisis or transition, distributed over 2,800 diapers, and 10 moms were connected to free car repairs.

Population(s) Served
Single parents

Emerge Mothers Academy's MicroLoan Grant helps entrepreneurial single moms start or grow their own business by awarding business capital grants of up to $5,000 to one to two moms each year and providing business mentoring. In 2023, Emerge Mothers Academy awarded one mom a MicroLoan Grant to help her grow her real estate business that is geared towards helping single moms achieve home ownership.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Single parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of single moms engaged in our services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Single parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The long-term goals of Emerge Mothers Academy are to:
*Help single moms develop long-term financial stability, independence, and self-sufficiency.
*Build intragenerational stability for families.
*Empower women toward successful careers and entrepreneurship.
*Create a stronger community by increasing family stability and success.


In 2024 our goals include:
(Goal 1) INCREASE THE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND STABILITY OF SINGLE MOMS by providing work preparation and job placement services to up to 20 moms; engaging 40+ moms in financial literacy instruction; providing MicroLoan Grants (up to $5,500) and business mentoring to 1-2 entrepreneurial moms; supporting 10+ moms through homeownership classes and individualized coaching; and connecting 5+ moms with free car repairs.

(Goal 2) INCREASE THE STABILITY, WELL-BEING, & INDEPDENDENC OF SINGLE MOMS by providing 50+ single moms with short-term financial and material support (diapers, formula, gas cards, etc.) to help them maintain or achieve stability through a time of crisis or transition and hosting well-being promoting events for 50+ moms (e.g., holiday gifts and meals, Mother's Day gifts and photoshoot, etc.). We will also continue offering social work and advocacy to 100+ clients and referring clients to vetted mental health professionals via our proprietary "referral catalog."

(Goal 3) CREATE COMMUNITY-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES AND GROW A STRONGER SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR SINGLE MOMS by offering 16-20 small-group classes (300+ duplicated moms) focused on practical parenting skills with opportunities to connect with and learn from other moms and subject matter experts, connecting 5+ moms with a one-on-one mentor who has lived experience as a single mom, hosting 10+ in-person events with 150+ clients attending to help single moms grow their proverbial "village".

Since our founding in 2012, EMA has reached 1,276 families (with 2,879 children) and we continue to grow and expand our impact for Twin Cities based mom-led families. Annually, we serve over 200 mom-led families, and continue to grow our impact.

In 2023, EMA strengthened mom-led families and futures by:
*Reaching 208 mom-led households (and their 476 kids).
*Equipping 19 moms to obtain new or better employment through work preparation and job placement support; with clients realizing a collective gain in wages of $419,500.
*Providing $25,183+ in emergency financial and material support to moms (rent and utility assistance, groceries, bus passes, diapers, formula, newborn supplies, household necessities, etc.)
*Providing 1152 hours of clinical Social Work & Advocacy to 186 families.
*Helping one single mom grow her real estate business by providing her with a MicroLoan grant and one-on-one business mentoring.
*Hosting weekly Parenting Classes with 351 (duplicate) moms attending.
*Pairing 8 clients with mentors who have lived experience as a single parent and can provide positive and constructive support for the moms.
*Equipping 66 moms to strengthen their financial stability - whether that's opening a savings or retirement account, purchasing a home, decreasing their credit card debt, increasing their credit card score, etc.
*Creating opportunities for mom-led families to connect through wellness promoting events including a free prepared Thanksgiving meal (for 125 individuals), holiday gifts (for 10 moms and their 29 kids), Mother's Day family photoshoot (for 7 EMA families), and backpacks filled with school supplies for 133 children during the back-to-school season, etc.

Financials

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EMERGE MOTHERS ACADEMY

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kayla Gustafson

Owner, Lux High Pointe Realty and High Pointe Land

Term: 2019 - 2025

Kayla Gustafson

Owner, High Pointe Land & Realty

Edwin Nelson

Consultant and Nonprofit Executive Director

Annie Clark

Director, All Hands

Sa'rai Doram

Owner, The Clean Up

Amanda Wulfkuhle

South Metro Federal Credit Union

Nora Fitzsimmons

Nurse, University of Minnesota Physicians

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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