EMERGE MOTHERS ACADEMY

Equipping single mothers to emerge as confident women and caring moms

Minneapolis, MN   |  emergetwincities.org

Mission

Emerge Mothers Academy is a MN-based charitable 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 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)

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Our programs

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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 2022, EMA hired a new Work Prep coordinator to expand and deepen the reach of this service.

As one mom recently 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

Emerge Mothers Academy provides clients with financial literacy education in small group and one-on-one settings. The curriculum (developed by women for women) includes sessions related to examining your budget, creating an accurate financial plan, and setting financial goals. In 2021, EMA launched its new 20-module Financial Literacy Education webinar for more convenient access to the curriculum for busy single moms.

As one mom recently 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

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. In 2021, EMA hired a new Mentor Service coordinator to expand and deepen the reach of our mentor pairings and create more positive community-building opportunities for moms to help them expand their "proverbial village".

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

Emerge Mothers Academy's client advocate is a trained social worker who 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 versus, circumstances, and background.

Population(s) Served
Adults
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.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Single parents
Adults
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.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Single parents

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of single moms engaged in our services

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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 2022 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 15 moms (120 service hours); engaging 10+ moms in in-person financial literacy instruction, engaging 15 moms in our financial literacy education webinar and augmenting the content with one-on-one support; providing MicroLoan Grants (up to $5,500) and business mentoring to 1-2 entrepreneurial moms; supporting 3 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 40 single moms with short-term material support (food & essentials) 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 brunch and photoshoot, etc.). We will also transition to a new model of vetting and building relationships with several diverse mental health practitioners and create a "referral catalog" to be used by our in-house client advocate to connect clients with mental health practitioners that fit their unique needs in terms of expertise, background, race/ethnicity, etc. This new model will equip EMA's client advocate to connect clients with vetted mental health practitioners that fit their unique needs.

(Goal 3) CREATE COMMUNITY-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES AND GROW A STRONGER SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR SINGLE MOMS by offering 16-20 small-group classes (200+ duplicated moms) focused on practical parenting skills with opportunities to connect with and learn from other moms and subject matter experts, connecting 10+ moms with a one-on-one mentor who has lived experience as a single mom, hosting 3-4 in-person events with clients and mentors to help single moms grow their proverbial "village", and continuing our partnership with Raise the Barr by offering 3 single moms emergency grants or college scholarships alongside EMA's supportive services.

Since our founding in 2012, EMA has reached 483 families (with 1,205 children) and we continue to grow and expand our impact for Twin Cities based mom-led families.

In 2021, EMA strengthened mom-led families and helped them navigate the continued effects of the pandemic by:
*Reaching 240 mom-led households (and their 435 kids); a 225% increase over the previous year.
*Equipping moms to obtain new or better employment through work preparation and job placement support; with clients realizing an average salary increase of $22,080.
*Providing $18,000+ in emergency financial and material support to moms (rent and utility assistance, groceries, prepared meals, bus passes, diapers, formula, newborn supplies, household necessities, etc.)
*Providing 1000+ hours of clinical Social Work & Counseling to more than 50 families.
*Helping two single moms grow their own business by providing them with MircroLoan grants and one-on-one business mentoring.
*Hosting 10 weekly Parenting Classes with an average of 12 women each week (119 duplicate).
*Pairing 5 clients with mentors who have lived experience as a single parent and can provide positive and constructive support for the moms.
*Equipping 2 clients to complete homeownership classes.
*Creating opportunities for mom-led families to connect through wellness promoting events including a free prepared Thanksgiving meal (for 20 families), holiday gifts (for 26 moms and their 70 kids), Mother’s Day brunch and family photoshoot (for 7 EMA families and 30 other guests), etc.

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EMERGE MOTHERS ACADEMY

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cody Blades

Attorney, Fafinski Mark & Johnson

Term: 2017 -

Kayla Gustafson

Owner, High Pointe Land & Realty

Edwin Nelson

Consultant and Nonprofit Executive Director

Annie Clark

Director, All Hands

Natalia Hals

Deputy Director, NDC

Organizational demographics

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