Medal, president of Zonta Club, helps support women's education
Department of Communication program assistant Michelle Medal serves as president of the Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder, and they have been awarded the District 12 Service Award. Zonta is an international volunteer organization that supports women’s education and empowerment worldwide. D12 is made up of clubs from four western states, and this is their most prestigious award. The club’s “Teen Parenting” project was chosen out of over 90 projects.
This project helps young women stay in school while they are pregnant, and continues after they have given birth by providing child care and support services during the school day, allowing them to complete their high school diploma. This year, the club gave a grant of $3,000 to this program. In addition, the club provided volunteer hours by providing childcare, emergency transportation, tutoring, and mentoring services. They attended the graduation ceremony where they presented each student with a handwritten note of congratulations. In addition, collected books were wrapped and given as gifts to each graduate so they may read to their children. This project is the “seed” of the club’s new Zonta EducateZ program which encourages literacy and education for at-risk young women.