Latch & Learn
Gina VanCant & Kendra Valton
Health & Wellness category
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October 23, 2019
Gina and Kendra recently completed the 14-week SEA Change accelerator program in Columbus. They were selected as one of the finalists to pitch Latch and Learn on September 11, 2019 and were awarded their full ask of $35,000.
Their hope is to connect with local hospitals in the Cleveland area to provide services to expecting mothers. One of the services they are creating with their recent award is an online Breastfeeding University that focuses on culturally competent breastfeeding curriculum to serve the African American community. They are currently looking to make connections in the Cleveland area with local hospitals to present their services.
They were featured in article on The Metropreneur website for their SEA Change award. Read the article >
October 13, 2018
The August 25 event had roughly 30 people in attendance. A Doula spoke with the moms during the event and provided valuable information on breastfeeding. The moms also received incentives for attending such as breastfeeding products. Their next event will happen in mid-January, 2019.
August 27, 2018
Gina VanCant and Kendra Valton won $2,000 at Accelerate for their Latch & Learn pitch for their vision to educate expectant moms about the benefits of breastfeeding. They are currently working on a pilot program to educate expecting moms on timely breastfeeding initiation. They are partnering with MomsFirst – a City of Cleveland program that offers case management and home visiting services to pregnant moms – to recruit mothers for the pilot and for space to host the participants – a connection they made at Accelerate.
They have also created Facebook ads to promote Latch & Learn and have received positive feedback.
They also hosted a Latch & Learn event as part of Black Breastfeeding week on August 25, 2018.