It’s Women’s History Month, and the KD Hall Foundation is doing everything it can to make it known.
The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to provide economic, personal, and professional opportunities for women and girls. In past years, the foundation used this month as a platform to celebrate successful women like U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. This year, CEO and co-founder Kakela Hall had a slightly different vision, choosing to focus on females who aren’t typically supported.
“A lot of times that’s girls,” Hall said. “In order for us to make sure that next generation is ready to take on leadership positions, we need to make sure we’re investing in them.”
Throughout March, the KD Hall Foundation plans to meet girls where they are. The first event took place last week at the Echo Glen Juvenile Detention Center in Snoqualmie.
Hall teamed up with Theresa Hardy and Monika Mathews for the Echo Glen event. Of the 30 girls they spoke with, many were previously involved in human trafficking or petty crime.
Hall, Hardy and Mathews have all experienced the criminal justice system firsthand. Today, they all run nonprofits dedicated to empowering women and closing the school-to-prison pipeline.
“We really want to talk with them about other outlets; other ways of doing things,” Hall said. “They already have one strike against them. Once they get out, we want to keep them out.”
In addition to the Echo Glen event, the KD Hall Foundation will visit Evergreen High School on March 11 in celebration of International Women’s Day. Later in the month, the foundation will visit Seattle Children’s Hospital to raise empathy and awareness of sickle cell anemia and other chronic diseases.
“We’re meeting girls where they are, regardless of whether it’s in prison, at school, or in the hospital,” Hall said.