Fast Track to Success for African American Women

Amani’s Fast Track to Success program is specifically designed for African American victim/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. The high rates of poverty, low rates of employment success, and victim/survivor experiences for African American women, refugees in particular, create specific needs. They experience: 1) poor self-image and body image based on negative societal messages; 2) direct experiences of racism from institutions that have limited their options and choices, including employment opportunities; and 3) the need for economic independence as they become safe from abusive partners. The Iowa Women’s Foundation grant provide funding for support groups.