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YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities.

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Program Impact

12,250


Women receive support and advocacy to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Services

2,927


Children and mothers develop new tools needed for success in life including job and school readiness.

Education & Job Training

2,400


Children and youth receive outreach and counseling to help cope with trauma and develop health relationship skills.

Children's Services

It Takes Courage

I didn’t recognize all the signs. They started so small and built up slowly over time. It wasn’t all bad. A lot of it was really wonderful. The violent episodes were sometimes years apart. That is what made it so hard, so confusing.

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SPEAK UP – ADVOCATE

Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families on a local level and nationally.

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MAKE AN IMPACT – VISIONARY WOMEN

We believe in a community where all women and children have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity.

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Upcoming events

Featured Event

What Does It Mean to be a Strong Man? Feb 11

Join YWCA Spokane February 11th, 2019 for a moving presentation provided by Jackson Katz, world-renowned educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist. Katz is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.

What Does It Mean to be a Strong Man?

Upcoming Events

Feb
11
Mon
What Does It Mean to be a Strong Man? @ John J. Hemmingson Center
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Exploring Men’s Leadership in the Prevention of Violence Against Women – A Talk By Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist known for his pioneering activism on issues of gender, race, and violence.

Join YWCA Spokane on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 5:30 pm at Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center as Jackson Katz explores the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.

He is the creator, lead writer, and narrator of the award-winning Tough Guise videos. His TED talk, “Violence Against Women-it’s a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed 4 million times.


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About Jackson Katz

  • Since 1990, he has presented at over 2700 colleges and universities, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and on six continents, including multiple countries in Europe and Asia.
  • Katz is the co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military.
  • In 1997 Katz created the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • He is the author of the influential book entitled The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and the critically acclaimed Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. Man Enough won a bronze prize in Foreword Reviews’ Indie Awards for political science books in 2016.
  • He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide gender violence prevention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
  • From 2000-2003 he served on the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military, and over the years he has served as subject matter expert on numerous state and federal projects in the area of gender violence prevention education.
  • He holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.
  • Learn more about Jackson Katz

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He has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on topics as far-ranging as the social justice and feminist roots of the bystander approach to sexual assault prevention, the powerful role of athletics in gender violence prevention, the gender and sexual politics of Eminem’s songs, the gender politics of conservative talk radio, violent white masculinity in advertising, juvenile detention, pornography, and sports metaphors in presidential politics.


GOODGUYS AT WORK

This event is brought to you through YWCA Spokane’s GoodGuys efforts. Learn more about this growing local movement of men in Spokane who recognize domestic violence as a community issue, not a women’s issue.

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Mar
9
Sat
International Women’s Day @ Spokane Community College- Lair Student Center
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
International Women's Day @ Spokane Community College- Lair Student Center

Please join YWCA Spokane at the International Women’s Day celebration on March 9, 2018! YWCA Spokane Staff Members will be present for tabling in addition to assistance with planning the event. There will be speakers, workshops, tabling, and food available to highlight the incredible work women do all over the world every day. There will be more information to follow, so please check back in or email the International Women’s Day Committee Chair, Shannon Cook at Shannon.Cook@scc.spokane.edu.

Mar
27
Wed
2019 Partners in Progress Meeting @ McKinstry Co.
Mar 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Partners in Progress

2019 3rd Annual Meeting

YWCA Spokane cordially invites the public to attend our 2nd annual Partners In Progress annual meeting held Wednesday, March 27th, 2018 from 8:30am – 9:30am at the historic McKinstry Building.

Friends, partners, and supporters of YWCA Spokane’s mission are encouraged to join in a celebration of the agency’s 116th birthday, a reflection of successes in 2018, and an acknowledgment of the organization’s Shining Star award honorees: staff, volunteers, and community partners who made an outstanding contribution in the previous year.

Highlights from Last Year’s Meeting

More details are still to come. Please check back for details and RSVP information closer to the event. Or, follow us on Facebook or receive our eNews for updates delivered directly to you.

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