Dr. Zaria Davis realized women weren't getting the same level of support when they were released from prison. That is why she launched Filling the Gap, a college readiness and leadership development program for individuals returning from incarceration. Now Davis is one of 29 black entrepreneurs receiving a grant from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to strengthen anti-poverty initiatives in the region.
The Black Empowerment Works grants are the first in a program designed by the United Way's Champions of Change, a group of local leaders focused on equitable outcomes in our community. The effort invests in ideas, programs and projects that are Black-led, grassroots-generated and aimed at addressing poverty. The United Way has invested $600,000 in the grants.
Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the grant program is United Way of Greater Cincinnati Community Impact Team Manager Jena Bradley; CEO and President Moira Weir; Champion of Change Terri Hurdle; and Filling the Gap Founder Dr. Zaria Davis.
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