Evanston, IL, November 7, 2016 — Phillip Garcia has joined the staff of YWCA Evanston/North Shore as a violence prevention educator. In this role, he will focus on working with children and teens to educate them about healthy relationships and boundaries.
Philip Garcia has joined the staff as Violence Prevention Educator
Garcia will be part of the YWCA team working with Evanston/Skokie District 65 to provide sexual abuse education and training in all District 65 schools – a partnership that fulfills the mandate of Erin’s Law, which requires that public schools in Illinois implement child sexual abuse prevention programs.
He also will be involved in Allied Against Violence, a partnership between YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United) that aims to prevent violence against women by educating and empowering young men.
“This is an exciting time to be at YWCA Evanston/North Shore,” said Garcia. “I’m impressed by the proactive approach the YW takes, such as working to stop violence before it happens. The YW also sees the intersectionality of racism and sexism. It’s really cool to work at a nonprofit that gets the bigger picture.”
He added, “I’m also excited to include men and boys in this work because I’m passionate about addressing problematic masculinity and gender justice.”
Prior to YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Garcia was employed by Care Communities in Austin, Texas, which serves people living with cancer, HIV and other serious illnesses. Prior to that, he worked for a domestic violence shelter in southern Illinois.
A Chicago native, Garcia earned his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and his master’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen local communities. It serves more than 10,000 people annually in northern Cook County. For more information, go to www.ywca.org/evanston.