Together with YWCA USA, we recently launched a new campaign to reintroduce YWCA to the public and shine a spotlight on who we are today. As part of this, we’re now using the phrase “YWCA IS ON A MISSION" to describe our passionate, purposeful approach to empowering women and eliminating racism.
Our work hasn’t changed, but our bold new look helps clarify our social justice roots and our focus on:
- health and safety for women and girls,
- women’s empowerment and economic advancement; and
- racial justice and civil rights.
In this newsletter you’ll see examples of work we’re doing in all of these areas – work that brings real change to the fight for gender equality and racial justice.
Yes, we are on a mission. And we’re honored that you’re on that mission with us.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore Works to Prevent Teen Violence in Many Ways
Our Violence Prevention Staff
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. At YWCA Evanston/ North Shore, we’re working every day to prevent teen dating violence. Starting as early as kindergarten, we help students develop the social-emotional skills they need to treat one another with respect, to stop bullying and to prevent violence, especially gender violence, before those patterns become entrenched. Read more from Craige Christensen, our violence prevention education and outreach coordinator, here.
We also work with groups of young men in our violence prevention efforts. Antonio Rice, from our violence prevention team, understands what it takes to reach young men and help them grow in new ways. Read more about Antonio here.
YWCA Flying Fish Marathon Raises Funds, Empowers Youth
More than 380 hundred swimmers on YWCA’s Flying Fish Swim Team recently logged 565 miles in the 22nd annual swim marathon. While the swim marathon is an important fundraiser that provides more than $90,000 to support YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s programs, it also is a challenge that empowers those who do it.
Read more about how the marathon inspires strength and resilience here.
Black History Month Isn’t Just for Schoolchildren
February is Black History Month and Eileen Hogan Heineman, our co-director of racial justice programming, encourages adults to educate themselves on what was missing from textbooks in the past. She also wants us to be alert to stories of racial discrimination today. Read more from Eileen here.
Please join us for a breakfast commemoration of International Women's Day 2016!
RSVP for this event here: http://YWCA.pingg.com/IWD2016
Give from Your Heart
How can you support YWCA programs that speak to your heart? Let us count the ways…
- Make a cash donation, either online or via the mail.
- Recognize your special someone with a tribute gift.
- Give a stock gift and receive a tax deduction for the market value of your donated stock.
- Plan for the future and designate a gift from your estate to our Legacy Fund endowment, ensuring that future generations will also benefit from YWCA programs.
- Find out if your employer has a matching gifts program which could match, double or even triple the amount of your original donation!