Why support girls’ mental health?

In August, the CME Group Foundation announced a new grantmaking strategy with an initial $2 million investment to support young women and girls impacted by trauma and violence in Chicago, so that all of the city’s girls can thrive. Working with community-based partners, school leaders, state-level stakeholders, researchers, and the philanthropic community, the Foundation’s trauma response initiative will:

  • Increase girls’ access to trauma-responsive supports in Chicago’s public schools and under-resourced communities, and
  • Advance systems, research, and policy change to expand trauma-responsive practices and supports throughout the systems that touch girls and youth.
A study from the University of Chicago Education Lab found that "an astonishing 38% of 9th- to 11th-grade adolescent girls in Chicago’s neighborhood schools exhibited signs of PTSD at baseline.

 

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Congratulations to our newest CME Group Foundation scholars!

In August, CME Group Foundation announced that 18 rising Black and Latinx students majoring in finance, technology, and related fields at 11 partner colleges and universities in Illinois have each been awarded $20,000 in scholarships to further their education. With this addition, CME Group Foundation is currently providing scholarships to 33 college students for the 2023-24 academic year.

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