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 Dr. Toby Jenkins Shares Compelling Narratives of Young People 

                                                                                                                               Talking About their Lives and Culture


The YWCA Monterey County is proud to welcome Dr. Toby Jenkins, author of My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience, and Community in the Lives of Young Adults, as the featured presenter in the third of its four-part Racial Justice Speaker Series, Courageous Conversations. Join us on Thursday,  July 9th, 2015, from 6:00-7:30 PM in Lecture Forum 103, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.  Dr. Toby Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Hawaii Manoa. 

Understanding our cultural heritage and sharing a cultural community's history helps motivate individuals to take agency and create change within their communities. But are today's youth appreciative of their culture, or apathetic towards it? In her vibrant ethnography My Culture, My Color, My Self, Dr. Jenkins provides engrossing, in-depth interviews and poignant snapshots of young adults talking about their lives and culture.

In captivating portraits, Jenkins considers the role that cultural education and engagement plays in enhancing educational systems, neighborhood programs, and community structures. My Culture, My Color, My Self also features critical essays that focus on broader themes such as family bonds, education, and religion. Taken together, Jenkins shows how people of color use their culture as both a politic of social survival and a tool for social change. 

Signed copies of My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience, and Community in the Lives of Young Adults will be offered at a discounted rate during the event. Parking and admission is free and open to the public. A no-cost reception will follow the presentation.  

For more information about Toby Jenkins and other upcoming speakers in the 2015 Courageous Conversations Racial Justice Speaker Series, click here.  To become a valued and highly-visible sponsor of an upcoming Courageous Conversation event, click here.

 We Vow to Keep Families & Beloved Pets Together

Pets aren't immune to domestic violence.  Abusers often threaten, injure or kill their partners' or children's pets as a means of control or revenge.  When a woman decides to flee a violent relationship, she'll be able to take her pet to our shelter.  This is our dream - we need your help to make it a reality.  Learn more here. To watch our PSA, click here

 Make a Difference - Join Our Counseling Team  


The YWCA is recruiting bilingual (Spanish) marriage and family therapy interns and associate social workers to provide counseling to individuals who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence or abuse.  Our counseling positions are unique opportunities for pre-licensed  therapists to gain excellent clinical experience while receiving paid supervision toward licensure. Learn more here.

40-Hr DV Training Course Offered at Hartnell College

The State of California requires individuals working or volunteering with victims of domestic violence to complete 40-hours of domestic violence training. The class will meet from May 6th-June 3rd, every Wednesdays (6:00-9:00 PM) and Saturdays (9:00 AM-3:00 PM) at Hartnell College. The course is $165 and includes all materials and parking. Learn more here; to register, click here.  Press Release here.

We're Recruiting a Talented Special Gifts Officer! 

The YWCA Monterey County is seeking a fundraising professional who wakes up with the intention of making life better for some of our community's most vulnerable members - victims of domestic abuse and community violence. We offer exciting opportunities, a fun and dynamic team, competitive salary and benefits, and room for advancement and growth.  As a Special Gifts Officer, you're not just raising money - you're saving lives, restoring hopes, and helping to fulfill dreams. Click here to start changing our community! 


Remembering Michelle and   Other Victims of Domestic Violence in Monterey County

Join us in  in remembering victims of domestic violence in Monterey County with a Mother’s Day remembrance gift of financial support to the YWCA Monterey County. Your gift is a meaningful way to remember the life of a friend, neighbor, colleague, daughter, and mother.  You can make a real difference in our community through compassionate work done in a victim's  name to improve the safety and well-being of vulnerable women and children.  Join in learning how here. Thank you, sincerely, for your compassion, kindness, and support. 

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