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Social & Racial Justice Outreach Activities

The YWCA Indianapolis partners with businesses, school and organization to increase awareness and understanding of racial and social justice issues in our Indianapolis community.  The following are just a few of the activities that we encourage you to participate in.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day
, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day and to remind ourselves that HIV/AIDS does not discriminate.  It doesn’t care if you are black, white, young, old, wealthy or poor. 

The Marion County Health Department estimates 1,000 Indianapolis area residents have HIV and are unaware of it. Of the 4,000 county residents who do know of their infection, the health department states that:

  • Persons aged 25-44 accounted for the largest proportion (63.8%) of diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases
  • Persons aged 15-24 accounted for the second largest proportion (14.3%)
  • 35 people were diagnosed before the age of 15
  • 96 people were diagnosed after the age of 55
  • Whites constituted the majority (47.6%) of people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Blacks constituted the second largest proportion (42.7%), followed by Hispanics (6.3%)
  • Infection rates were particularly high for minorities; blacks had twice the risk of infection compared to whites
  • One in every 298 whites living in Marion County is infected with HIV/AIDS, as is one in every 132 blacks, and one in every 260 Hispanics

THE YWCA Indianapolis has fact sheets available.  Please contact for more information or if you want to volunteer for the 2010 World AIDS Day event.

What is the Stand Against Racism?

The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life - across the country - to raise awareness that racism still exists.

The methodology of the Stand Against Racism is to bring together like-minded organizations that share in our vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity. By inviting community organizations to partner with us, we maximize the outreach of this mission, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.

We invite groups of any size that are located within Greater Indianapolis to  become a  participating  site by hosting a "Stand." Contact for more information.



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