WHO WE ARE
Gradual Rising of Women (GROW) Foundation is an organization that is committed to accelerating equity and career advancement for immigrant women and women of color. We provide access to career re-tooling, and up-skilling programs.
At GROW Foundation, our goal is to continue our mission-driven work by providing learning opportunities, job placement, and support at no cost to participants. We provide mentorship training, workshops, and space for marginalized women to develop their potential. With our growing community and a unique sustainable learning model, women are provided with the opportunities, tools, and resources required to grow in professional, business, and civic career leadership.
Our mandate is to promote leadership and business development among marginalized women using four pillars, also known as SEED: Support, Encourage, Empower, Develop.
We work with marginalized , immigrant, and low-income women to improve their leadership, employability and life skills. We support them so that they advance and grow within their communities, get out of poverty and have an equal opportunity within Canadian society. In addition, we work with aspiring women leaders to enhance their entrepreneurship by turning their ideas into a reality, launch and grow their business so that they can prosper within the business world and become financially self sufficient
GROW emerged when Tracy Folorunsho-Barry found that there was still a gap between the services established for empowerment and leadership development among immigrant women.
“Driven by her passion and experience in discovering self-growth and entrepreneurship, Tracy created resources to help women professionals and entrepreneurs with generating viable business ideas and models that generate income. She also supports them with resources. As an immigrant woman in Canada, her own personal challenges she encountered gave her a strong knowledge of what immigrant women truly need – a community that raises others, a support network and a space where they can grow. At GROW, we are building a community and support system that is run by women, for women, to SEED (support, empower, encourage "to" develop) women, one community at a time”
Our founder Tracy, believes that the only way to quickly bridge the gap of inequalities that still exist in the society today, is a well calculated measure to get women working and creating from a space where all resource are proved. This will enable them gain financial freedom and economic inclusion.
As a one of a kind organization for marginalized women, GROW Foundation offers unique programs, mentorship and space for immigrant women to develop their lives. They are improving their careers and businesses by making mutual connections and flourishing together as entrepreneurs and leaders, making an impact the economy.
3 TOP REASONS WHY WOMEN EXCEL AT GROW
I. Social Events
We are a diverse community where women with exceptional talents exchange stories, ideas, and experiences. Each woman receives the benefits of support, encouragement, empowerment, and development.
2. The Space
The Space is a unique meeting space that goes beyond the traditional, designed specifically for women. The Lounge's mission is to focus on advancing women through the power of community. We believe that the habits of coming together as women create new initiatives paths and conversations that bring forth ideas that will lead to self-development and greater economic prosperity.
3. Training and Mentorship
We provide training for women looking to re-enter and re-tool for the workforce and start their own business.
HOW GROW EMPOWER WOMEN
We empower women to build community and pursue their career goals begin in professional development, business and civic engagement. This is achieved through our capacity building, advocacy,, networking and workshop.
At GROW Foundation we created a safe space for training and mentoring marginalized women because we understand the interconnection between marginalization and poverty.
Our acclaimed Speak Out Women series program features successful immigrant women who have overcome adversity to build lives in Canada. Whether looking to retrain for a new career, balanced raising a family while attending post-secondary or with post-traumatic stress, each woman is proof of what is possible through the network, support and what grow offers.